The relationship between Arsenal and Barcelona is usually one that sparks a lot of controversy, whether it be on or off the field. On the field we have a fierce rivalry with our styles of passing football, whilst off it there is always transfer speculation regarding the two clubs.
Most of the time it is unfortunately Arsenal who are on the bad end of the business, having been hassled by Barcelona into selling some of our best players over the last eight years or so. The likes of Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb and Alex Song have all swapped The Emirates for the Camp Nou, whilst all we seem to get from them is more and more youth players in hope of making it at the highest level. .......Read the full article here
I was among the many Arsenal fans who were surprised, if not amazed, that Arsene Wenger did not snap up the Brazilian international keeper Julio Cesar from QPR this summer. He would not have cost very much, because Harry Redknapp was keen to get him off the books in the Championship. When we sold Vito Mannone to Sunderland, it became even more important to sign another keeper, but it was not until deadline day that Arsenal announced the season long loan deal for Emiliano Viviano. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
We don’t know for sure that Arsenal are definitely looking to sign another keeper this summer, but it seems fairly likely, with the problems there have been with Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski over the last few years. I really hope that Arsene Wenger has got a clear idea of who he wants to bring in, even if it is between a few keepers, because according to the media he has about 39 different possibilities. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal transfer target, Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio, has admitted that he may be leaving his beloved Sporting Lisbon this summer. In an interview with the Portuguese press he said “I feel good here, but we must consider many things. I still do not know what the future holds for me”.
The keeper was the subject of an £8 Million bid just last week from Arsenal which was immediately rejected by Sporting. Arsenal have been searching for a new goalkeeper for many weeks now and Patricio was a surprise choice until a bid was actually made for him. The frontrunners were thought to be Barcelona’s Victor Valdes and QPR’s Julio Cesar. .......Read the full article here
The latest rumour in the Arsenal goalkeeper situation by SS
There is an Arsenal transfer rumour going around that Arsene Wenger could be ready to make a surprise bid for Reading’s Alex McCarthy who has earned his first ever call up to the England squad this week. McCarthy would not become the top goalkeeper at the club but would instead be used as emergency cover and loaned out to other clubs with a recall option, similar to the arrangement Fulham have with David Stockdale. .......Read the full article here
The rumour mill seems to have really kicked in with the Spanish media and a few of the stories coming out are of great interest to Arsenal fans. Of course, we do not really know how much truth is behind them, but we arrely do until the agreement’s are actually made.
Earlier today it was reported that the long term Arsenal transfer target David Villa was going to our North London rivals Tottenham. The story in Mundo Deportivo said that the spuds had agreed personal terms with the 31-year old striker and they were going to make an offer of around £10 million to Barca. .......Read the full article here
Is there any keeper who hasn’t yet been linked with Arsenal? by FD
It must be dispiriting if you’re a current professional goalkeeper and your name hasn’t been linked with a summer move to the Emirates. But you shouldn’t get too down. It’s still only May.
Today’s news that Swansea’s Michel Vorm is a possible Arsenal target means we could almost field a team of keepers from the names of contenders for that Number 1 jersey.
Before Vorm, we’ve had speculation linking us with Asmir Begovic, Victor Valdes, Julio Cesar, Iker Casillas, Rene Adler, Simon Mignolet, Federico Marchetti, Pepe Reina and even Petr Cech! .......Read the full article here
As the end of the season draws ever closer, the newspapers are gearing up for the summer transfer window and Arsenal, as usual, will be involved with an amazingly high proportion of them. The rumours about the goalkeeping situation alone should be enough to fill the back pages of your average tabloid and there have been three stories involving the Gunners in the last couple of days.
We don’t really know what the situation concerning the current three keepers at the Emirates will be until the season finishes, but for the sake of these stories we will assume that Arsene Wenger is looking to sign one quality keeper, whether as back up or replacement for Szczesny, Fabianski or Mannone. .......Read the full article here
The Express has today reported today that Arsenal have opened talks with Barcelona and the appropriate agent over the possibility of Victor Valdes moving to North London with the Gunners this summer.
Arsenal are notably looking for a new keeper with Fabianski likely to leave at the end of the season, as well as Mannone, and so Arsenal have identified a few goalkeeping targets and 31-year-old Valdes is reportedly one of them. Valdes is now entering the final year of his contract and he has already declared an intention to leave the Spanish giants this summer, so it’s possible that Barcelona will sell him instead of losing him for free next year. .......Read the full article here
According to both the English and Spanish media a few weeks ago, Arsenal had almost sealed the deal with Victor Valdes for his transfer from Barcelona in the summer. It appears now, though, for some reason that the Catalan club are ready to keep their keeper for another year until his contract expires next summer.
31-year old Valdes told officials at Barca and released a statement that he would not be signing an extension to his current deal. The reasons given were his desire to experience football in a different country and culture, and it seemed that the English Premier League would be his destination. With the Arsenal connection at Barcelona, Fabregas and Song being the latest Gunners to have gone there, and Arsenal’s need for an experienced keeper, the move seemed ideal for all parties. .......Read the full article here
If Arsenal are looking for a goalkeeper with lots of experience at the top level, they would have to look a lot further than the stopper of Spain and Real Madrid, Iker Casillas. The 31-year old made his full international debut aged 19 and has gone on to become the most capped player ever for the Spanish national side, with 143.
Casillas has set all sorts of records with Real Madrid, playing 654 times for the club, winning five Primera Liga titles and two European cups along the way. He is a revered hero among fans of Madrid and he is the club captain, so the report in the Daily Star linking him with a summer transfer to Arsenal seems ridiculous on the face of it. .......Read the full article here