A lot has been made of Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny’s fall from grace this season.
Questions of mentality have been raised, dad’s have been angered and apologies have been issued. Truth is, the lad just needed a rest.
He’s one of Arsenal’s biggest characters, but at just 22-years-old, maybe it was a case of too much too soon.
If Arsene Wenger has seen fit to put him out on the sidelines, it’s likely in service of his long-term career. Any more error-strewn performances could have left a lasting impression on his future.
He’s a player who has been driven by his confidence from a young age. But should doubt begin to creep in (as it may have already this season), it would invariably effect his game. He may lose control of his penalty area, stop coming for balls, or fail to commit with the ball about to leave the feet of an attacker.
Despite his flaws, faults and a troublesome season, I still view him as Arsenal’s long-term number one. He’s the kind of talent and personality who could go on to become an Arsenal legend.
But it would help if he had somebody to show him the ropes. Some one with experience, ability and the knowledge of how to react when you’re under pressure and under fire from your own fans.
Arsenal also need a goalkeeper to come in an fill the void. There’s no use hanging around waiting for Lukas Fabianski to slip-up. He’s never been a reliable goal-keeper and there’s no use supposing he enjoyed a sudden change during his months out of the game.
This brings me to Tutto Mercato‘s claim that Arsenal are ready and willing to bid £12.7m for Liverpool’s top goalkeeping talent, Pepe Reina.
The 30-year-old certainly has the experience to guide Szczesny and the ability to make an impact at the club. His talent levels are such that he probably wouldn’t be happy playing second fiddle to Szczesny, were he to make a move to Arsenal.
He’s something of a Liverpool legend, having made over 250 appearances for the club, but his form has waxed and waned in recent seasons. Liverpool may finally be ready to let go of their Spanish hero and Arsenal could be ready to get their hands on a real bargain.
It’s a deal that just seems to make sense for all parties.
What’s your take? Should Arsenal be in the market for Pepe Reina?
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