Arsenal are looking for a new keeper, as Szczesny is still prone to too many mistakes, hopefully one with lots of experience and talent. There have been quite a few players linked with a summer move to the Emirates, such as Begovic from Stoke and Mignolet from Sunderland, but the biggest name linked with the Gunners has been Victor Valdes of Barcelona.
The Catalan club are still trying to persuade the 31-year old Spaniard to change his mind and renew his contract at the Nou Camp, but he seems determined to seek his fortune elsewhere after 11 seasons and 500 games with Barcelona. According to the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, the Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has been helping to facilitate the deal by speaking to Arsene Wenger and Valdes about the mutual benefits of the deal.
Henry has convinced Valdes that he will love life in London and with Arsenal, while using his close contacts with Wenger to get the ball rolling. Apparently Barcelona will give Valdes until the end of the month to change his mind before they start looking in earnest for a new number one. It seems ever more likely that Valdes will be sold this summer rather than see out his current contract, and he could become a Gunner for as little as £8 million.