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2005–2007  Siauliai
Weight  85 kg
Years  Team
Height  1.92 m

Number  34
Role  Footballer
Playing position  Goalkeeper
Name  Giedrius Arlauskis
Siblings  Davydas Arlauskis
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Date of birth  (1987-12-01) 1 December 1987 (age 28)
Current teams  Lithuania national football team (Goalkeeper), Watford F.C. (#34 / Goalkeeper)
Similar People  Constantin Galca, Sebastian Prodl, Andrei Prepelita, Lukas Spalvis, Iasmin Latovlevici

Place of birth  Telsiai, Lithuania

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Giedrius Arlauskis (born 1 December 1987) is a Lithuanian professional footballer who plays for Romanian club CFR Cluj as a goalkeeper.

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Early Career in Lithuania and Romania

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Born in Telšiai, Arlauskis started his youth career at Mastis Telšiai before moving on to Šiauliai, starting his professional career. In two seasons at Šiauliai, Arlauskis made 34 appearances for the club.

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In January 2008 he moved to Romania, joining Unirea Urziceni for €150K, as a replacement for Bogdan Stelea. On 24 March 2008 he made his debut in the League 1, playing 90 minutes in a 0–0 draw against Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț. In his first half of the season at Urinea Urziceni, Arlauskis made four appearance for the club. The 2008–09 season proved to be Arlauskis' breakthrough at Unirea Urziceni and he went on to make 32 appearances in all competitions. At the end of the season, with the club winning the Liga I, Arlauskis was voted as the league's goalkeeper of the season and was listed in the league's 2008–09 Team of the Year.

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In 2009–10 season, Arklauskis continued to be the first choice goalkeeper at Unirea Urziceni and played five out of six matches in Champions League Group Stage. However, Arlauskis struggled to maintain a place in the first team, citing injuries and only made 27 appearances for the club.

Rubin Kazan

After making three league appearance for Unirea Urziceni at the start of the season, Arlauskis moved to Russia, joining Rubin Kazan on a four-year contract worth €2 million. Arlauskis was also close to a move to Dynamo Moscow.

Arlauskis made his Rubin Kazan debut on 20 November 2010 in a 2–2 draw against Zenit Saint Petersburg. Arlauskis made his European debut at Rubin Kazan in a 2–0 loss against Twente. In the 2011–12 season, Arlauskis made three league appearances for the club, followed by three appearances for the club in all competitions in the 2012–13 season. Arlauskis was unable to established himself as the first choice goalkeeper and was the second choice goalkeeper behind Sergey Ryzhikov.

At the end of the 2013–14 season, Arlauskis was told by the club that his contract would not be renewed. Upon leaving Rubin Kazan, Arlauskis said he regret joining the club, saying it had been a wrong choice motivated by money.

Steaua București

After four years in Russia, Arlauskis joined Steaua București on 10 June 2014, as a replacement for Ciprian Tătărușanu who had left for Fiorentina. Arlauskis was unveiled at a press conference the next day and was given number twenty-four shirt.

After being named on the team in six matches in the Champions League Qualifying, Arlauskis made his Steaua București debut on 26 July 2014, in a 3–1 win over Rapid București. Arlauskis was in goal for the Champions League Qualification Second Leg against Ludogorets Razgrad. The club lost on penalties after Arlauskis saved one of the seven penalties in the shoot-out, resulting the club playing in the Europa League. In the Eternal derby between Steaua and Dinamo București, Arlauskis was in goal when rival supporters threw a firecracker at him in the 82nd minute. After receiving help from the club's doctor he went on to play the full 90 minutes in a 3–0 victory.

His good display at Steaua București throughout 2014 earned him a Lithuanian Footballer of the Year award. However, Arlauskis rejected a new contract with the club, leading to him being linked with a move to Fiorentina and Roma, as his contract was due to expire at the end of the 2014–15 season. As a result, the club would leave him out of the squad for important matches, including against Rapid București. Despite this, Arlauskis remained the first choice goalkeeper at Steaua București, despite announcing he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Arlauskis ended the season with 25 league appearances after being sent-off in the 47th minute of a 3–1 loss against CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu on 3 May 2015. Arlauskis missed the rest of the season because of injury concerns and being on the bench. The club went on to win the Liga I, Cupa României and Cupa Ligii, achieving a treble.

Watford

After one season at Steaua București, Arlauskis joined Watford on a free transfer on 4 June 2015, signing a 4-year contract. Upon joining the club, he was given a number 34 shirt ahead of the new season.

Arlauskis made his Watford debut against Preston North End in the League Cup on 25 August 2015. Arlauskis made his league debut on 28 November 2015, replacing the injured Heurelho Gomes in the 67th minute of Watford's 3–2 Premier League win at Aston Villa. Reflecting on his debut, Arlauskis described the match as "really hard, the hardest ten minutes of [his] life. It felt much longer than ten minutes. Following Gomes' return to the first team, Arlauskis returned to the substitute bench and soon lost his first team place following the arrival of Costel Pantilimon.

However, upon returning to Watford in the 2016-17 season, Arlauskis remained out of the first team squad throughout the season. But following Pantilimon's injury, he was called to the 25 man squad, but remained on the substitute bench. Following the arrival of new Manager Marco Silva ahead of the 2017-18 season, he left Watford by mutual consent.

Loan at Espanyol

On 29 January 2016, Arlauskis joined Spanish side Espanyol on a 5 months loan from Watford, with an option to buy, being reunited with his former Steaua manager, Constantin Gâlcă.

Arlauskis made his La Liga debut two days later, in a 0–6 defeat to Real Madrid. He later conceded two goals in the followed up match on 8 February 2016, in a 5-0 defeat to Real Sociedad. During the match, he tore his rupture in the abductor in his right leg, resulting his substitution and was sidelined throughout February. Although he remained as a second-choice goalkeeper behind Pau López, Arlauskis was able to make another appearance on 22 April 2016, in a 4-0 defeat to Las Palmas on 22 April 2016.

At the end of the season, making three appearances for the side, the club turned down to exercise the right to purchase Arlauskis on a permanent basis, allowing him to return to his parent club.

CFR Cluj

After leaving Watford, Arlauskis was speculated over the transfer move return to Romania, joining CFR Cluj. The move was confirmed on 15 August 2017.

National team

In August 2008, Arlauskis' performance in Romania led him being called by the Lithuania for the first time. Arlauskis made his national team debut as a substitute against Moldova in a friendly game on 19 November 2008. He joined the game in the 46th minute and conceded a goal after 67 minutes as Lithuania drew with Moldova 1–1.

After playing two more caps as a substitute, his first competitive game then came on 18 June 2010, when Lithuania played a goalless draw with Latvia in the Baltic Cup.

Personal life

Arlauskis brother Davydas is also a footballer. Other than speaking Lithuanian, Arlauskis speaks Romanian and English.

Growing up in Telšiai, Lithuania, Arlauskis initially played as a defender before being switched to a goalkeeper by his coach. Arlauskis is a keen fisherman, having caught a fish weighing 21.7 kg.

Career statistics

As of 5 February 2017

Club

Unirea Urziceni
  • Liga I: 2008–09
  • Steaua București
  • Liga I: 2014–15
  • Cupa României: 2014–15
  • Cupa Ligii: 2014-15
  • Individual

  • Lithuanian Footballer of the Year: 2014
  • References

    Giedrius Arlauskis Wikipedia


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