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Obvious explanation after childish Arsenal claims about West Ham star Lukasz Fabianski
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Obvious explanation after childish Arsenal claims about West Ham star Lukasz Fabianski

West Ham United star Lukasz Fabianski became the centre of some rather childish claims after the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.

West Ham were by far the better side at the Emirates.

But lacklustre finishing let the Gunners off the hook and once again West Ham were punished.

The defeat was a bitter pill to swallow for West Ham fans.

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Arsenal fans make childish Fabianski claim

So the last thing Hammers fans needed was to see childish claims that star man Lukasz Fabianski – a former Arsenal player – was laughing and smiling when Alexandre Lacazette scored a late winner.

Reports from the likes of Football London suggested the ex-Gunners goalkeeper ‘enjoyed the goal more than he should have’.

“As seen in the image below, via reddit, Fabianski appears to be smiling just as Lacazette peels away to celebrate – although his initial joy was short-lived as the flag immediately went up,” Football London reports.

The picture was widely shared on social media with Arsenal fans lapping it up saying things like ‘once a Gooner, always a Gooner’.

Fabianski smiles Photo: Reddit


Simple explanation after childish suggestions

West Ham fans like a laugh and a joke. Indeed Hammers fans are among the most quick-witted in the country.

But their situation is no laughing matter.

And there is a very simple explanation for Fabianski’s smile in the picture.

As Lacazette wheeled away in celebration, referee’s assistant Sian Massey-Ellis raised her flag to rule him offside.

It sparked jeers from the West Ham fans at the ground. And the relief was written all over Fabianski’s face too.

Little did the Poland star know that smile was about to be wiped off his face by VAR.

Football banter is fine.

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Fab player, Fab professional

But suggesting a player is somehow being unprofessional – particularly given West Ham’s plight and the fact Fabianski is a consummate pro – is not on.

Fabianski wasn’t letting anything get to him after the game, though, telling West Ham were clearly the better side.

But he is hoping for better luck in the future when it comes to VAR.

“With VAR, sometimes you almost end up hoping and praying that the margins will be for us rather than for the opposition,” he told

“Hopefully the luck will turn and be back on our side and in the future those fine margins will go for us.”