It’s being reported that Arsenal are interested in signing a keeper during the January transfer window. Now, before everyone starts screaming at once, let me say that Szczesny and Mannone are good keepers but as it stands, they’re not world class. Szczesny is the most likely to become something great while Mannone has hinted at the possible return to Italy recently. So that leaves the aging Fabianski and the newly promoted Martinez.
We’ve never really been short on keepers at Arsenal but recently, our keeping standards have dropped. Not to the point where you’d say that it’s a problem but we don’t seem to have a regular starter that can put his hand up and say, ‘I’m the finished product’. Like I said, Szczesny is closest to that but even the Pole has some difficulty. His distribution and kicking haven’t been the best and that’s something he needs to work on if he wants to become one of Europe’s most elite keepers.
Hugo Lloris was a keeper who I thought Arsene Wenger should’ve snatched up. He’s young and talented and will probably do well at Spurs. However, that’s milk out of the jug now. So far, Arsenal has been linked to Michel Vorm and whilst the Swansea keeper is good, I don’t see him as being exceptionally better than any of the keepers we currently have now. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that Martinez or Shea should get the crack before Vorm. However, just because Vorm isn’t the right fit for Arsenal doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be looking in the market.
Let’s just wait and see on this one. If Mannone remains committed to us then there may be no need to find a replacement to Szczesny. If he does go, Wenger may look to bring someone in to cover Szczesny.
Do you think Arsenal have enough depth in the youth to nullify any need to buy a keeper, if that happens?
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