Posted on Monday, 24th December 2012 by The Goon
Recent reports have linked Arsenal with a January move for Sunderland shot-stopper Simon Mignolet.
Well, currently, Wojciech Szczesny has no one amongst the ranks really threatening his position in the starting line-up. Lukasz Fabianski has fallen down the pecking order and will probably depart the club next month or in the summer. Vito Mannone, Arsenal’s third-choice keeper, did well in Szcz’s absence at the start of the season but the Italian has found himself on the bench yet again and will more than likely be loaned out again or sold, while Damian Martinez is still learning his trade.
So I think it’s fair to say, this area needs to be strengthened and acquiring a goalkeeper, shall we say, is definitely, or should be, on the cards when the window opens in eight days time.
We have been linked with a number of shot-stoppers already – Jack Butland, Ali Al-Habsi, Asmir Begovic and Pepe Reina are all on the list. And while the latter of the lot remains Wenger’s preferred choice, the Spaniard’s price-tag may force Le Boss to look elsewhere.
Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley has reportedly warned the club to steer clear of Begovic and Al-Habsi due to their inconsistency.
Butland would be the ideal signing for me, but the youngster has drawn a lot of interest from several Premier league clubs. So acquiring he may be a bit of a struggle.
Anyway, let’s turn our attention to Mignolet.
Would the Belgium international be an astute signing for The Gunners this winter? Yes, I believe so – if the price is right.
He’s 24 and has Premier League experience, which is a bonus. In addition, he has great reflexes, commands his box well and is a very good shot-stopper. On his day, he is one of the best in his position in the league.
If we were to make an offer for him, I’m sure he would consider a move to The Emirates and the chance to play Champions League football, something he won’t do with Sunderland.
Like I said, we need a keeper to come in and challenge Szcz, and Mignolet could certainly do it.
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Tags: Ai Al-Habsi, Arsene Wenger, Asmir Begovic, Damian Martinez, Jack Butland, Lukasz Fabianski, Pepe Reina, Simon Mignolet, Steve Rowley, Vito Mannone, Wojciech Szczesny
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