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Rene AdlerArsenal have been linked to just about every keeper under the sun. As a result, it’s becoming more and more difficult to whittle them down into a list of players who would be a good fit for the club.

There are certain keepers who have caught the eye thanks to their performances this season and have thus had their price-tags seriously inflated.

Think of Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet, or Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic. Both are talented keepers, who have enjoyed themselves this year, but are they really worth £15m? According to The Mirror, that’s exactly what their respective clubs will be holding out for.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Arsene Wenger balked at these price-tags and started looking elsewhere. Signing one of these players would more or less equal Arsenal’s current transfer record and they’ve only really just risen to prominence. I’d argue that both players need another top season to earn these kind of price-tags.

Instead, Arsene Wenger is likely to search for a cheaper option. With that in mind, could the £5m Rene Adler be the right man for the job?

In the same article, titled ‘Hamburger with relish’ (nice one John Cross), it’s claimed that Arsenal are keen on Hamburg’s experienced keeper.

The 28-year-old, has earned comparisons to former Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann, for his fiery personality, theatrics and yes, his ability between the sticks. Adler patrols his area like a military general, barking orders and claiming every ball that comes into his path. I think it’s fair to say that Arsenal could use somebody of his confidence and quality.

After all, they’re a club that has put up with some real goalkeeping dross over the years. Rene Adler would provide a massive step up on the likes of Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone.

Most importantly, he’d be able to give the Gunner’s current number one, Wojciech Szczesny, a proper run for his money. The Pole has suffered as a result of over-confidence and isn’t quite the player he seems to think he is. A bit of real competition may be just the ticket.

It’d be interesting to see how much Arsenal’s defensive record improves when they’ve got two equally talented keepers battling it out for the number one slot.

What’s your take? Would this Bundesliga ace be a good fit at the Emirates?

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3 comments

  • Bob A says:

    It would be good to see a keeper who controls his area and lets everybody know it, be it his defenders or opposite team attackers, I would always prefer the keeper to come so long as he does not start missing to many cross /shots . This would also give are now not so creaky defence that additional confidence. To many goalies now stay on their line leaving the defenders to sort it out.

  • Roland C Rozario says:

    Arsenal must bring into the Gunners XI >>> …. a highly rated Keeper, potent striker, a non-nonsense Defensive Midfield, an additional Centre Back.
    Never forgetting the blooding of the guys in the reservesjust to name a few viz Chukes, Eisfeld, Toral, Bellerin and the loanees Campbell, Ryo

  • Tom says:

    Arsenal need to the most experience keeper like 4 e.g julio ceaser can do the business for more than three season.then get back fabrigas and song in midfield and then jovetic or david villa.

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