Arsene Wenger and many of the Arsenal players have been talking warmly about the Emirates cup, which is back this summer after a year off because of the London Olympics. It is a good couple of days for the fans and a good precursor to the start of the Premier League season. Tomorrow we face the Turkish champions Galatasaray, complete with Drogba, Sneijder and the former Gunner Eboue, but first we have to face the team that has been our direct opposite in the transfer window.
Come to Arsenal and lose money! It sounds hard to resist, doesn’t it? That, apparently, is the tempting offer facing the Brazil international keeper Julio Cesar. After Liverpool agreed to allow their Spanish international keeper Pepe Reina to join the Italian club Napoli on loan for the season, however, Cesar’s options are limited and he may be forced to accept such an offer.
First of all, we need to realise that the main reason that the 33-year old signed for his current club QPR last summer was for the money. So his current wages of £45,000 a week plus bonuses is artificially high. Cesar wants the same from any club he is to join, but after Napoli dropped out, he should realise he might not get it.
Title is Arsenals for £100 Million by AC
This is my first ever article and I am very excited to be writing it.
I am an optimistic Arsenal fan and a huge Wenger fan. I think Wenger has done a great job with the budget available to him compared to Chelsea, Man U and Man City, but I do have one problem with Mr Wenger. While Mr Wenger has criticised players, agents and clubs for over charging wages, commissions and transfer fees over the last 5/6 years Mr Wenger didn’t have a problem with becoming an over charging manager himself. He continued to charge Arsenal millions for his wages, he charges other clubs millions when he sells our best players, and Arsenal continued to charge us the highest ticket prices in the country.
The goalkeeping situation at Arsenal is fairly complicated at the minute but, after last season’s problems, many experts and Arsenal fans feel that Arsene Wenger will be looking to sign a new keeper this summer. But who should it be? There have been rumours linking the Gunners with all sorts of names, but I am going to stick with the two most likely candidates for the job, Julio Cesar and Pepe Reina.
If we can believe the rumours, Liverpool are about to sign Mignolet from Sunderland and he would be their starting goalkeeper. That would leave Reina on the bench, unless he goes to Barcelona. So, should we try to sign him, rather than Cesar, as competition and mentor for Wojciech Szczesny ?
The Polish international and Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny has certainly not had a good year and it may be on the verge of getting a whole lot worse. The Gunners have been linked with a number of keepers, including Pepe Reina and Victor Valdes. It was thought that an older experienced keeper would be brought in to challenge Szczesny and provide cover while being a role model for the 22-year old.
As the season progresses there are more and more Arsenal transfer rumours appearing in the papers, and today’s Mail is suggesting that the Gunners are going to try again for Dortmund’s Mario Gotze this summer.
They claim that the 20 year-old, who is happily known as the German Jack Wilshere, has a £30m buyout clause at Dortmund, and they believe that Wenger is willing to double his current record signing to build a super young side to make Arsenal a force for many years to come.
With all the speculation and media attention surrounding the goalkeeping situation at Arsenal, it is not really a surprise that the Gunners are linked with just about every keeper in Europe. With the names of Valdes, Reina, Begovic, Mignolet and more, we can now add the Portuguese international Rui Patricio.
The 25-year old, who plays for Sporting Club de Portugal, has overtaken Eduardo in the national team. He has spent his whole career at Sporting Club and they do not want to lose him now. According to the Daily Star, they recently rejected an offer over £8 million for Patricio from a representative of an English club, and Arsenal are the team most likely. Manchester United have also been linked, but our need seems greater.
Arsene Wenger certainly has a goalkeeping dilemma on his hands at Arsenal. The two Polish keepers have great talent and potential but cannot seem to produce it consistently. Wenger has to decide whether he can get the best out of them or if he needs to sign a new keeper this summer. The Swansea and Holland stopper Michel Vorm is high on the list of potential targets, according to Metro. The 29-year old is proven in the Premier League and would be cheaper than Valdes from Barcelona, Begovic from Stoke or Reina from Liverpool.
Arsenal shouldn’t try and sign Spanish keepers by KJ
Woijech Szczesny has been a source of frustration for many Arsenal fans. He can sometimes be brilliant but equally, he can sometimes be absolutely dreadful. His inconsistency no doubt stems from his lack of experience and possibly his cockiness. As a result, it’s no secret that Wenger has been after a goalkeeper and according to numerous papers, Victor Valdez and Pepe Reina are on his shortlist. This is deeply worrying as they are both terrible keepers in their own right.
Wojciech Szczesny has not had a great season for Arsenal so far. His form and confidence have been shaky at times, and it has really been costly for the Gunners in recent games. Perhaps he never fully recovered from his calamitous appearance in Euro 2012, in which he gave away a penalty and was sent off after already letting one goal in. That was the end of his tournament and the co-hosts Poland failed to progress from the group stage.
Arsene Wenger will certainly need to be busy in the transfer market at the end of this season, providing that he is still in charge of Arsenal that is. One of the key positions that the Frenchman wants to strengthen is that of goalkeeper, which was evident after another mistake by Wojciech Szczesny cost the Gunners badly yesterday. After failing to get one Spanish keeper, Pepe Reina from Liverpool, Wenger may try for another in the summer, if he can bring himself to fork out for Victor Valdes of Barcelona.
Arsene Wenger has been looking for an experienced keeper to provide competition and cover for the current Arsenal number one, Wojciech Szczesny. The feeling is that the Polish international is too comfortable in his position and Wenger thinks he needs pressure to keep his performances high and encourage him to work and improve his game.
The other problem is the worry about what will happen if he is injured or suspended. Vito Mannone had a chance to impress earlier in the season, but was in need of improvement, although reasonably solid. The Gunners have been linked with a number of keepers recently. including Pepe Reina from Liverpool, Victor Valdes from Barcelona and Maarten Stekelenburg from Roma.