Arsenal 11 Goalkeeping Options For 2015/2016

One position that we need to strengthen for next season is in goal. This will probably be brought to the attention of Wenger when Szszesny either leaves or is sold. Unfortunately for the young Pole he just doesn’t seem to be able to make it for us. It is not to say he won’t be back one day at another top side.

He has all the attributes to be a good goalkeeper, he just needs to go away and develop these into consistant performances. His OTT personality probably doesn’t help him as this highlights bad performances more.

1. Ospina – He is currently the first choice. He has done well since being put into the firing line, some top saves but also like Wojech Szszesny he just seems like he’s not the perfect fit. I can’t pin point it just yet but I do not see him in our goal for the next five seasons. Although if he carries on in this form he can’t be faulted, so he will need to be ousted by any new guy. He is favourite to retain the starting spot next season.

2. Szszesny – He may start the FA Cup final but I do not see a longer term future for him at Arsenal currently. It would surprise me if he settles for the bench next season or if Wenger puts him back in.

3. Martinez – Like Szezesny it would surprise me if Martinez is the number 1 next season. He seems to be a good keeper, but next season is too early. If Ospina stays a few seasons Martinez could be the long term replacement.

4. Cech – At 32 he still has a good 4/5 seasons of top level football left. He is also definitely leaving Chelsea. There are a few doubts though, I do not see Mourinho letting him move to us. He is more likely to be allowed to go to Tottenham than us. I think PSG is made for him.

5. Lloris – This controversial transfer could happen only if the reported buy clause exists. If there is a clause then this is a very realistic clause. One of his best friends is Giroud while he knows many of the other players and would not require a moving of house. Wenger is also a known fan. If there is no buy out clause there is very little chance of this happening. Lorris could try and force a move but no doubt there are easier moves out there for a top keeper like him.

6. Begavic – The Serbian keeper is only 27 believe it or not. He is at the perfect age to make a move to a Champions League side. He also has been dropped recently for the equally as good Jack Butland. There is not much doubt he will make a move this summer, weather it is to us lets see. I think this could really happen and I am not adverse it us getting him.

7. Casillias – Despite him only being 33 this transfer would be 3 seasons too late in my opinion. He is not the same keeper he was, this was highlighted by Real Madrid wanting a new keeper and his woeful performances in the world cup. I could see us buying him as a backup to Ospina, but would he really want that? I hope we stay well clear of this one.

8. Jonathan Bond – You may ask who? Watford number 1 and England U21 goalkeeper. He is a decent keeper that was linked with Arsenal a number of years ago. He would be similar to Ospina as a steady eddy in goal. He is not as good as Jack Butland so not even the best young English keeper. This will not happen now Watford got promotion.

9. Mouez Hassen – The 19 year old Nice goalkeeper is definitely one to look out for in the future. He replaced Ospina between the sticks at Nice. Ive seen him make a number of world class saves in a match against Monaco this season (yes BT sports French Football has a few viewers). Subsequent to this I looked out for him and have heard him talked about as a future world class keeper on the World Football Phone In (BBC). It may be a bit early for him to make a move, but a similar purchase and loan move like Courtois did could be on. Watch out for him, he’s also French.

10. Simone Scuffet – The young Italian is tipped to be the long term replacement for Buffon. He currently plays for Udinese but has been constantly linked to Athletico Madrid. It is not hard to understand why they want him. He is of a similar frame and stature to Courtois. Any move for Scuffet would have to be soon otherwise he will move to another top club.

11. Loris Karius – Like when Spain won the world cup Germany now have a reserve of top class young goalkeepers. Karius is probably the most highly rated of the lot, dubbed as the unofficial number two in waiting to Neur. He was linked to Arsenal in January but there is also known interest from Dortmund. He has the potential to be as good as De Gea or Courtois. I would love this transfer to happen but it would mean that Wenger would have to either loan him back out or relegate Ospina to number 2. The other German keeper that may be available is Timo Horn from Koln. He is a good young keeper but not in the same class as Karius.

Arsenal missed out on Marc-Ander term Stegen who signed for Barcelona and Jack Butland who moved to Stoke a few years back. Lets hope we don’t regret not getting Karius too.

Realistic Arsenal January Transfers

Logo-Arsenal As with most seasons it seems that we are short of quality in key areas, these are the same areas that Arsenal fans have been calling to be filled for the last five seasons. There could be an argument to say that Arsenal need a dominant player through the spine of the team. This being a poacher upfront, a dominant midfielder, combative centre back and a trust worthy goalkeeper. Lets forget strikers for the time being as Giroud, Welbeck, Sanchez and Walcott can get us through this season. The wingers when fit are the best options in the league, if fit Theo, Sanchez, Welbeck, Ozil, The Ox and Santi Cazorla make these up. I personally think we need a goalkeeper, but Ospina is a steady option for us until the Summer. Martinez is a good back up keeper while I feel Szczesny will be kept until the summer where he will probably start to look elsewhere. The pressing positions are at CB and DMC. The needs are must so big money may have to be spent. Lets not delude ourselves WE WILL NOT BE GETTING HUMMELS or EVEN A PLAYER LIKE GODIN THIS JANUARY!

CB Options:

1. James Tomkins (CB)– (Surprised?) It is clear we are after Winston Reid but Tomkins is the real star here. He is the ball winner in his partnership with Reid. Tomkins would be the long term replacement for Mertesacker. We should not let what happened with Gary Cahill happen with Tomkins as he has the potential to be of a similar quality. Very low chance of this happening.

2. Winston Reid (CB) – It is very unlikely that Wenger will pay over the top money for a player he can get for a free in the summer. So it will be a test of West Ham’s nerve. I don’t think they have an issue with just letting him go for free, especially if they can’t get their replacement in. If we do not get him in January I think we will be seeing him in the red of Man Utd or Liverpool instead next season. A good player who would improve us greatly. he would be the cover we need when Koscielny is injured.

3. Nacho Fernandez (CB/RB/LB) – He is a good defender who plays at Real Madrid, he  has had little game time. That is not surprising considering the players who he has in front of him. A defender who is primarily a CB but can play anywhere along the back line. One of Jose Mourinho’s boys that he promoted up from the youth system. With a bit of game time he could be a gem of a premier league player. He has one international cap to his name and is pretty highly rated. He is also a more realistic option to purchase over Varane (who also struggles to get into the Real Madrid side).

4. Philipe Mexes (CB) – This would be at least ten years too late, just like we missed out on a young Vincent Kompany we sort of missed the boat on Mexes. He is now 32 but could still be a value signing in January, bringing lots of experience. He is also French and may be looking for one last pay day. I would love this to happen but again do not see Wenger go for a stop gap option. Mexes would definitely mix it up against the likes of Stoke.

Other CB Options: These are probably more likely to happen – Howdes, Perrin. We have been linked with these players pretty heavily so who knows. Nastasic at Man City could be another option but it might be hard for them to help us out.

Defensive Midfield Signings:

1. Adrien Rabiot – He has had a season ravaged by injury so far. But watching him last year there is defiantly a quality player there. At only 19 years old this would be a long term signing, but one Wenger would relish. Rabiot is tipped to hold the French midfield in years to come with Paul Pogba. Despite his slight frame he actually adds defensive cover. Wenger do it!

2. William Carvalho – I will be honest, I have not seen much of Carvalho. All I have seen is bits and bobs of his game against Chelsea. This is not really enough to go on, but saying all that everyone else seems to think he is the real deal. Including his club who have slapped an high value on his head. Lets see more of him to judge.

Luxury Signings For The Summer:

  • Juan Quintero – We do have a lot of attacking midfielders at the club but lets not forget the injuries we have every season. This kid is quality, he should be made to shadow someone of Santi Cazorla for a season and eventually take over from him.
  • Jackson Martinez – It was this time last year that his name cropped up when I wrote about us signing him. We should still make this plan a reality in the summer. Just so no other rival team can snap him up.
  • James Milner – Many people dislike him, but at the age of 27 he still has many many good years ahead of him. Whats better is that he could be available on a free transfer who would say no?
  • Chuba Akpom – Not a new signing but someone who should be treated like one next season. If we do not enter the market for another striker he is a perfect number 3 striker for us.

Wojciech Szczęsny will be a good keeper, just not at Arsenal

_3001634It is sad to think about what is happening at Arsenal regarding our goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny. I personally do not think he is quite ready to be in goal for a club the size of our size at the moment. This does not mean he will never be ready for a big club, just not now. At the age of 24 he is far exceeding most other goalkeepers his age. Saying that he is quite away behind the majority of goalkeepers at our rival clubs as well as many keepers of his age in Europe. Man Utd and Chelsea both have number 1 keepers who are of his age or younger. David De Gea has the potential to be become one of the worlds best. he is four years the junior of Manuel Nuer and could possibly develop to a similar standard. Courtois is 2 years junior of both De Gea and Szczęsny yet already better than our keeper. As the saying goes the majority of goalkeepers are at their peek around 30. The obvious exceptions to the rule are world class keepers like Casillas, Neur and Buffon who all broke into top class sides at a young age. So in line with this saying I do not feel our keeper is currently to that level. If he were to leave us for 2/3 seasons and develop at a side like Newcastle or Crystal Palace for example he would be a much better player. There is definitely talent but we are not in a position to carry any players. This would be like a second wind for him, a bit like when Friedel got his transfer to Spurs after he was let go by Liverpool or Van Der Sar being replaced at Juventus and eventually finding himself at Man Utd later on his career. It would be a blow to many of our players if we got rid of Szczęsny, as he is a big member of our young group but for his career and for the club to move forward its best for all parties. His antics off the field do not help his cause this being his perceived arrogance in particular. Smoking in the dressing room shower will not help his cause either. I wish him well, but would love to see us bring another top keeper with Ospina as a very able deputy.