Theo Walcott For Pepe Reina? by AH
In the last few days there have been reports that Arsenal are looking to purchase Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. However media rumours suggest that the club will only part with the Spaniard, if Theo Walcott is included in the deal.
At the moment Walcott is showing what he is capable of, giving very impressive displays on the pitch every time he plays now, as he pushes on for that central striking role. However he is still yet to commit to a new deal at Arsenal and although it’s known that he wishes to remain at Arsenal, an offer from his boyhood club Liverpool may be a difficult decision to make.
Pepe Reina’s season has been notably different. The Spaniard is Liverpool’s number 1 goalkeeper, however a recent injury, allowed Brad Jones to take his place in the Liverpool line-up. Once Reina returned from injury he wasn’t immediately reinstated in the Liverpool team and it’s reported that he is now looking to leave the club.
Wenger is a known admirer of Reina, having tried to purchase him back in 2010. Two years on and it seems that Reina would accept a move away from Anfield with the club in trouble both on and off the pitch, but would he accept a move to Arsenal, if Wenger came calling?
Reina admitted in his autobiography that he was close to leaving Anfield in 2010, however the club owners declined the offer and Reina remained. So it seems that he would be keen on a move to Arsenal, but should Walcott – a player who Arsenal fans have been so separated by for the past few years be included in any such deal?
I don’t think this is a good deal for Arsenal at all. By adding Reina we would have another really good player in our ranks, who at this moment in time, I think would definitely replace Szczseny in the starting XI but in no way would I swap him for Walcott. Reina reportedly earns £100,000 per week, a wage that Arsenal would not pay, but would a greater chance of Champions League and admittedly a league trophy, convince him to lower his wages? Do we even really need him? I’m not sure, for the cost he looks to bring with him I would say no to a transfer but it also all depends on other players situations.
We shouldn’t be looking to sell Walcott just to make way for Reina, which should be keeping Walcott and adding players of Reina’s quality to our ranks and build the team around players we already currently employ.
At the moment it is just a rumour but I think there may still be a little thought in Wenger’s mind about the player he almost bought 2 years ago.