One of the many positions that Arsenal are looking to strengthen is the one between the goalposts. Arsene Wenger believes that Wojciech Szczesny needs another quality keeper at the club to push him and get the best out of him. Wenger thinks he is a little too comfortable in his number one role, while also worrying that the reserve keepers are not quite good enough in case Szczesny picks up another injury.
There are reports in the papers today about two of the keepers supposedly interesting Wenger. The young England international, Jack Butland, has had his asking price reduced from £6 million to £3.5 million by Birmingham City, in order to bring some desperately needed cash into the club. He is highly prized by Birmingham, but they are in a tight spot, so Arsenal could take advantage. Butland has a great future ahead of him, but Wenger may be looking for somebody with more experience.
A keeper who fits that description is Maarten Stekelenburg from Roma. The 30-year old Dutch international has 54 caps, and is thought to be available from the Serie A club. He has been linked with a number of Premier league clubs, but his agent has revealed that no firm offer has yet been forthcoming. The only problem with Stekelenburg is that he may not want to sit on the bench, but that sense of competition is exactly what Wenger wants.