Posted on Tuesday, 29th March 2011 by Tony Merakli
The 28-year-old Dutch international, who is also being tracked by Manchester United, told Italian publication, Tuttosport, that he is willing to leave the Dutch giants in favour of a move to the Emirates this summer:
‘If an offer from Arsenal arrives, I will leave.’
Stekelenburg has recorded 295 appearances for Ajax as well as winning 40 caps for his country. His honours include 1 Eredivisie title, 3 KNVB Cups, 2 Johan Cruijff shields and a 2010 World Cup runners-up medal.
This news will undoubtedly be music to every Arsenal fans ears (well it is to mine anyway). Everybody who watches football will know that the Gunners crave a world-class goalkeeper, and undeniably, Maarten Stekelenburg is exactly that. However, despite Arsenal’s well documented goalkeeper problems, several reports claim that Arsene Wenger intends to stick with 20-year-old Wojciech Szczesny as his number one next season, which suggests that the Frenchman is content with what he has at his disposal already.
I, like Arsene Wenger, am also content with Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski, but surely both Poles need someone to learn off and look up to in the dressing room? Maarten Stekelenburg would be an ideal candidate for this job in my view.
The Ajax keeper has bags of experience under his belt, and is regarded by many as one of the finest shot-stoppers in Europe. In my opinion, Wenger should at least enquire about his services, especially after the 6’6’’ Dutchman revealed that he would be interested in a move to the Emirates this summer.
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