The transfer of Julio Cesar to Arsenal was almost a done deal in the media just a week or two ago. His current club QPR accepted that he would leave and he was not going to cost all that much, so it should have been done and dusted by now, but no deal has been announced and there is an eerie silence coming from the media.
The deal for Julio Cesar to Arsenal looks even closer now as bookies have suspended betting on the 33-year old keeper coming to Arsenal, which usually means there is inside knowledge that it is true. The deal has looked clear cut all along with Cesar saying he will stay in London and Arsenal apparently searching for a new keeper, it has been an obvious transfer deal that hasn’t been discussed so much.
Deal for Cesar in the making? by AH
A few days ago QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar released a statement in which he said he was in talks with a few English clubs, whilst it’s also known that there is interest across the world, including his homeland Brazil.
Cesar recently said; “I am in negotiations with other clubs in England and from other countries but there’s still not been anything definitive,”
Julio Cesar Confirms Talks – But Are They With Arsenal? by AH
QPR and Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has confirmed that he is in contact with several clubs in England but also admits there is interest from many other leagues apart from the Barclay’s Premier League.
I’m sure you’re all aware of 33-year old Julio Cesar and despite his age he is still a fantastic professional, in fact he is not even that old for a keeper. A natural keeper and former number one rated goalkeeper in the world, Cesar joined QPR last summer from Inter Milan. It seemed like a strange move, clearly driven by money and it’s even reported that Arsenal was also an option last summer but the Brazilian chose the QPR relegation challenge.
In another strange twist in the Arsenal goalkeeper situation, the club is now reported to have made a bid for Sunderland’s Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet. Mignolet is just about the one hundredth keeper to be linked with the club in the last few weeks.
In my personal opinion Arsenal are wasting their time by looking for a new goalkeeper so relentlessly, because Szczesny is a good keeper who can only get better the more he plays at the club.
Arsenal have offered around £10 Million for the Sunderland and Belgium stopper, which is more than they offered for Portuguese keeper Rui Patricio just last week who was thought to be available on the cheap.
A lot of Arsenal fans have been buoyed by the recent performances of Wojciech Szczesny in the Gunners goal and convinced that Arsene Wenger no longer has to sign a new keeper in the summer transfer market. The Polish international is still only 23-years old and is showing again the talent and potential that made us believe we had a world class player on our hands.
The thing is though, and Wenger has realised this, that Szczesny needs the competition. The manager previously tried to encourage Szczesny by telling him that he was the number one and the young keeper got complacent, maybe even arrogant. He has reacted well to being dropped in favour of Fabianski, but he clearly needs strong competition to bring the best out of him.
There are worrying reports coming from behind the scenes at Arsenal involving possible summer signings, and that is before the transfer window has even opened. Apparently Arsene Wenger is keen on securing the signature of his long term target Loic Remy, while other club officials feel the target should be Wilfried Bony.
The story, in today’s Daily Star, suggests that Wenger does not have total control over the use of the club’s transfer war chest. This is going to be an absolutely pivotal summer for Arsenal and we cannot afford to be messing about and pulling in different directions. If we get it right this summer, it could be the start of a great period on and off the pitch, but if we get it wrong it could cut us further adrift of our main rivals.
All of the Arsenal fans love Wojciech Szczesny and most of us think he has the abilty and potential to be one of the best keepers in the world. Up until a few weeks ago, though, his future at Arsenal looked uncertain after his form tailed off dramatically in a season to forget for the Polish international.
It looked like Arsene Wenger would have to spend at least £10 million of his summer transfer budget on a new number one and there was speculation that Szczesny would leave the club after seven years. Since then, though, he has done everything right, starting with completely distancing himself from his father’s comments about Arsenal and the French manager.
It is an often used adage in the world of football that goalkeepers have to be a little bit crazy, and the Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny can certainly tick that box on his c.v. You have to love him, though, because he often comes out with things that most other players would not dream of saying, whether they think it or not.
Another reason we Gooners like the Polish international is because he really feels for the club. He joined the club as a boy and has been a Gunner for seven years now, often declaring that he would like to stay at Arsenal for the whole of his career. He backed Arsene Wenger and the club ahead of his own father recently, after Szczesny senior cticised them when the keeper was dropped.
I don’t know about the rest of the Arsenal fans, but this weekend was torture for me. If the Americans are looking for any new techniques to replace waterboarding at Guantanamo Bay, they ought to try it. Having watched Southampton dominate Spurs and miss chances only for Bale to pop up with yet another late winner, the Gunners then made me grind my teeth for an hour when we should have been home and dry against QPR. Chelsea completed the torture yesterday, snatching another late winner from a Manchester United side who seemed content to just watch them play.
This is exactly the kind of headache that Arsene Wenger would like to have in every position as he now has to decide whether to keep Wojciech Szczesny in between the sticks now that his compatriot Lukasz Fabianski is fit enough to be reinstated in the Arsenal starting XI.
In the run up to the QPR game, Wenger said of Fabianski: “He is still unavailable. From next week onwards, he should be alright.” which suggest he will be available for the next game against Wigan, which is still 8 days away.
The Arsenal winger/striker Theo Walcott has reached his target of 20 goals this season, despite lapsing in and out of form all season, and he capped it off with the winner against QPR after just 20 seconds this weekend.
Arsene Wenger was asked why he thought Theo has suddenly improved this year and the Gunners manager says that it is simply because he has learned to shoot the ball on target! Wenger said: ““He’s more mature in his finishing,”
“Against QPR he scored a bit of a similar goal to the one against Man United. It’s a short backlift, he makes good runs and he’s calm now in front of goal.