Arsene Wenger is looking to add a few quality players to his Arsenal squad when the transfer window opens in January. The key positions that Le Prof is looking to strengthen are striker, defensive midfielder, left back and keeper. The Belgian international Simon Mignolet is reported to be the man who Wenger wants to challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the number one jersey.
It’s not that Wenger feels that Szczesny is not good enough, he just wants better back-up. Vito Mannone had a good run of games this season but failed to convince Wenger, so he and Fabianski will be allowed to leave. What Wenger really wants is a keeper who can push Szczesny for the number one jersey and provide top quality service if the Pole is injured.
Pepe Reina was strongly linked with the Gunners, but Liverpool want to keep the Spaniard and he would be very expensive. He is also over 30 so a younger man might be better.
Metro reports that Wenger is ready to offer Sunderland £5 million for 24-year old Mignolet who has been excellent since joining the Black Cats and already plays at international level with the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen. The question is whether Martin O’Neill will be able to convince Sunderland to hold on to him, and convince the keeper to stay at the club. Mignolet has a contract with Sunderlan until 2015, so it may not be easy to prise him away