Why this £8.5m Spaniard would be a good fit for Arsenal:


Victor ValdesOne of the most curious aspects of Arsenal’s season, has been the varying form of their young keeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The Polish keeper started this season off the back of an appalling Euro 2012 and has at times replicated that poor form this year.

On his day, he’s capable of impressing and putting in a performance worthy of his reputation. There’s a reason he’s considered one of the best young goal-keeping talents in Europe.

He’s a fine shot-stopper, who’s very mobile in his area, and is outspoken enough to speak up to his older, more experienced colleagues when he feels necessary. Yet despite these good qualities, his age also gives way to a tendency towards error.

Whether it’s flapping at the ball, and palming it into his own net (Aston Villa this season, Tottenham last), or rushing out of his area and making a rash tackle (as in his Euro 2012 exploits), his errors have proven costly.

His irregular form has even led to Arsene Wenger questioning his ‘mental state’. This, to me, is bewildering. Arsene has always been ultra-protective of his young scribes. If he’s genuinely calling one of his youngsters out, it must be for a good reason.

It’s gotten so bad that he has even recalled the hapless Lukasz Fabianski, alias: ‘Flappyhandski’. You get the feeling it’s only a matter of time before disaster strikes.

So it’s good news that, according to The Star, Arsenal are hot on the trail of Barcelona’s experienced keeper, Victor Valdes. The Spaniard has just one year left on his contract at the Nou Camp and is believed to have recently turned down an extension.

According to The Star, Arsene is ready to offer Barca £8.5m to force a move this summer. Given his contract situation, Barca may feel this is a fair offer (don’t Barcelona owe Arsenal one too, for the transfers of Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song and Thierry Henry?)

I have to say, I’d love to see somebody of Valdes’ quality at the Emirates. Arsenal have made do with average-to-poor keepers for a long time now. Valdes is the real deal and will have so much to teach the impetuous Szczesny. The Pole needs a role-model, somebody who has been there and done that. Valdes certainly falls into this category.

What’s your take? Would you like to see Victor Valdes between the sticks for Arsenal?

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  • Ben says:

    Valdes is a mockery in Spain!
    the all laugh at him and how many mistakes he makes….
    he is only so well thought of because he plays for Barca… but he is the weakest link in their side.

    There are far better keepers out there…
    Mignolet, Begovic, cesar (when QPR go down)

  • Malaysian gunner says:

    As you so rightly put it,Arsenal have put for far too long with mediocre stoppers.I tell you what. The gunners can’t win the epl or any trophy with a second rate gk.All the top teams have top quality gks.Remember Taibi,the Italian stopper for red faced.H e was shipped out less than a dozen games for a series of howler.If Wenger is serious about stopping the rot,he shd act fast.

  • Tony Akers says:

    I think Arsenal Should buy Cesar from QPR the best keeper in The Premirship at the moment Fabulous Shot stopper and will give the defense so much comfidense With a top class Defensive Midfielder and centre back and world class striker think arsenal could be unbeatable would win the Premiership without a doubt it is about time Wenger spent some money and think he could get all the players he needs for about 75 million

  • Abdiraska says:

    First thing arsenal need is sack wenger, gunners don’t need economist manager, second thing is that stan kroenke shud show hunger for trophies, not hunger 4 profit money, or sell to richest man in Russia who’s also an arsenal. Wenger must go bcos he is one best the trainers but the worst in motivating the team when playing against big rivals, arsenal’s trophy’ll someday be to avoid relegation bcos of ego and hypocrisy. That’s all. Gunner2death.

  • Abdiraska says:

    When i hear or read report saying usmanov is allowed to be member of the club’s board of which he’s the second biggest share-holder, i see it as rivalery beyond bussiness reasons. That’s my oppinion. Gunner4lyf.

  • Abdiraska says:

    When i hear or read report saying usmanov isn’t allowed to be member of the club’s board of which he’s the second biggest share-holder, i see it as rivalery beyond bussiness reasons. That’s my oppinion. Gunner4lyf.

  • Abdiraska says:

    Sorry, i mean, usmanov not to have seat in the board seems to me a rivalery beyond bussiness/sporting reasons. That’s all.

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