Should Arsenal buy a new goalkeeper in January? by KJ
Arsenal have suffered an array of injuries once again to key players at the start of the season. The likes of Rosicky, Sagna, Wilshere, Diaby, Szczesny, Fabianski, Frimpong have either made very few appearances or have yet to feature for the club this season. It’s very worrying, especially when looking at our goalkeeping department.
It has been reported today that Fabianski was injured in training today and has now got ligament damage in his ankle. This could see him out for 3 months.
Szczesny similarly has received another setback which could push back his return time to about 4 weeks. This isn’t the best news considering Mannone’s more than shaky start to the season. Trophies are won with a great goalkeeper and even with Szczesny, that’s questionable.
There were talks that Wenger was very interested in getting Lloris in the summer and met him numerous times during the Euros. Unfortunately, the deal never materialised, with the French goalkeeper ending up at Tottenham instead. Maybe he didn’t like the competition from Szczesny. Maybe he got an insane contract offer from the Spuds.
I was quite surprised we didn’t sign a keeper. But then again, I was quite surprised we didn’t buy a defensive midfielder as well as a striker. We’re spread thin in quite a few positions which may be exploited before we can do anything about it.
If we are going to get a keeper in January, there are a few names that spring to mind:
Ter Stegen is one of the best young keepers in the world at the moment. He will definitely be causing Neuer some problems in the future.
We could definitely have a punt on Tim Howard. A very experienced Premier League keeper who seems to be underrated by the vast majority.
Mandanda of Marseille could be another recruit. Experienced French keeper who, from what I’ve heard, has been doing pretty well.
These are all goalkeepers worthy of the Arsenal shirt and could definitely push us in our title challenge.