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Soccer-Swansea snap up Polish goalkeeper Fabianski from Arsenal

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* Fabianski joins Swansea on a free transfer

* Pole signs four-year deal (Adds quotes)

May 29 (Reuters) - Lukasz Fabianski aims to oust Michel Vorm as Swansea City's first choice goalkeeper after rejecting a contract extension with Arsenal and joining their English Premier League rivals on a free transfer on Thursday.

The 29-year-old Polish international signed a four-year deal, which will be activated upon the expiry of his Arsenal contract on July 1, and becomes Garry Monk's first signing since taking over as manager in February.

"I am very happy with the move, the decision and the club," he told the Swansea website. "For me, it was an easy decision to make.

"If I'm completely honest, the main reason I came to Swansea was because I want to be the number one goalkeeper. I want to play week-in, week-out. It's going to be a real fight, but I'm not afraid of that."

Fabianski, who has won 21 international caps, will compete with Dutch international Vorm for a starting spot at the Liberty Stadium after ending his seven-year spell at the Emirates.

The injury-prone Vorm, who underwent knee surgery in December, was named in the Netherlands' preliminary World Cup squad earlier this month.

Swansea also have German goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel on their books.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had said he had wanted to keep the goalkeeper, who was backup to first choice Wojciech Szczesny but started the FA Cup final earlier this month as the Londoners beat Hull City 3-2. (Writing by Patrick Johnston; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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