The Reina Rumour Returns by AH
The whispers that Arsenal are looking to sign Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has plagued the Arsenal transfer rumour mil for the last two weeks and they always say there’s no smoke without fire. There may be some truth in this story, as I believe Arsenal is looking to sign a new goalkeeper despite already having 5 goalkeepers in the first team squad.
However I expect 3 of those 5 goalkeepers to leave either during the January transfer window or the summer. Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is out of contract this summer and so he will surely be on his way out, whilst Vito Mannone is also likely to leave at his own request. James Shea is the other first team goalkeeper I expect to leave. His opportunities have been limited at the club and this season has seen Argentine goalkeeper Damien Martinez overtaken Shea in the pecking order. This leaves us with just Wojciech Szczesny and Damien Martinez. From this we can be certain, that Arsenal will definitely be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper, however will the player brought in be number 1 choice or a backup to Szczesny?
Szczesny has been criticized a lot lately and admittedly he hasn’t improved much since his debut against Manchester United 2 years ago. He has become a good goalkeeper however he hasn’t improved at the rate he was expected after looking so talented and promising at such a young age. He is a good goalkeeper with notable talent and no doubted he will be Arsenal’s number 1 goalkeeper in years to come, especially after showing his desire to stay at the club. But could Wenger make a move for another goalkeeper in the meantime?
Pepe Reina is a player Arsene Wenger tried to sign back in 2010, before the discovery of Szczesny as Arsenal’s number one goalkeeper. However it’s known Wenger is still a fan of the Spaniard and so a move could be on the cards.
In response to the Reina rumour, comments display that he isn’t everyone’s favourite choice, saying; “He’s past it”, “makes too many errors”, “we have better goalkeepers”. I personally don’t know if I think we should try and sign Pepe Reina. His signing would strengthen us in defence with his experience and on his day he can be a world class goalkeeper. His wages are a problem and a commanding £10 million fee may put people off further but if we are to challenge for trophies like some people consistently think we should be doing then adding a player such as Reina to our squad would only strengthen us.
At the age of 30, he can give valuable experience to Szczesny before the polish international takes full stage as Arsenal’s number one goalkeeper. Do you think we should sign Pepe Reina for the short term? He and Szczesny would be admiral competitors for the position and I think it would bring out the best in both players, however it’s important to remember this is only a rumour. But it’s a rumour that I wouldn’t be surprised to see turn into strong interest considering that Arsenal have made a bid for him in the past.