Sunderland stopper is Arsenal transfer target

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

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20 thoughts on “Sunderland stopper is Arsenal transfer target

  1. Craig Taylor

    We need a Striker, DM, maybe a LB and maybe a GK. Top priority is DM for me.

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  2. leo

    i hope arsenal sign begovic of stoke would be good /mignolet too would be a decent signing david villa available for 6m + adrian lopez looking likely & a cdm john cross says interest in kevin strootman for real coyg’s

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  3. Gunnerineverylife

    ^^ Yeah I agree.Begovic is better than Mignolet in my view as well.Competition from him would raise Szczesny’s game as well.The problem would be that neither of then would be happy to sit on the bench.

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  4. Dan

    ‘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.’

    Absolute bollocks! We’ll sign f**k all like we so every January.

    But we are in dire need of a goal scorer and tank in the midfield.

    Probably a Theo replacement aswell.

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  5. vyash

    bring this man because he is better than begovic
    stoke had a good defense than sunderland
    shesny is becoming a world class keeper

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  6. LoyalGOONER

    I am so tired of goalkeeper transfer rumors! Szcesney has the potential to be the best in the EPL. He is already better than this w***er Mignolet.

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  7. Coyg

    Did you know. This goalkeeper talk is all coming due to the fact that szchenzy and arsenals can’t agree new terms.

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  8. Invincibles nice (1)

    Would prefer getting Begovic, with his training at sto he’d be well up for the fight, also our keepers for some reason are always lacking when coming out to claim the ball, whereas Begovic is one of the best at doing just that.

    Another thing that concerns me is that we never (under Wenger) have had a well capable reserve keeper (we’d in some seasons be lucky to have any) maybe coz warming the bench youd have to pay him over the odds. I do like Pepe better than the sun lad but only at shot stopping, Pepes not to convincing at collecting but he can often win your team points.

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  9. KickuPtheArsene

    We NEED a striker. We NEED a LB. We need and DM.

    …. Let’s go for a goal keeper … WTF??!!??

    There are some serious holes in our team, and what we seem to be aiming at are the wrong things. It’s as though the club is lost in its own little, unrealistic, fairy tale universe. Is it just me, or have we simply lost sight of what things are important. I guess when the direction of the club is all wrong (profit, not trophies), then everything else will be completely out of whack. Or is it just me?

    1. We need to correct our culture – good start with the resigning of our young up and. Immigration lads.
    2. We need to get rid of our deadwood players.
    3. We need to buy the right players – albeit they may cost a little extra.
    4. We need to aim higher than 4th
    5. We need to not sell our performing players – Walcott?
    6. We need to move away from profit as our measure of success.
    7. We need our real Arsenal back.

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  10. owens

    Dont think we need a stopper..just get a striker and DM..demba ba and Diame..and maybe zaha..but a striker and a DM should be our priorities..chambo fill in the wing if walcott lives.

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  11. LANRE THORPE

    ARSENE WENGER, FOOTBALL IS SERIOUS BUSINESS. ITS NOT ONLY FOR COACH/MANAGER WHO WANTS TO MAKE MONEY FOR THE CLUB DIRECTORS FORGETTING THE FEELINGS OF WE FANS.MOST IMPORTANTLY WENGER SHOULD KNOW HOW TO TAKE DECISION THAT WILL POSITIVELY GLADDEN ARSENAL FANS.HOO MY DEAR CLUB ARSENAL WHEN WILL YOUR GLORY NOT BE IN THE PAST.BUY GOOD STRICKERS/DEFENDERS FROM RIVAL CLUB SIDES.PLS GO FOR FILANI,MESSI,MITCHU,BENTEKI.PLS DONT GO FOR TRY AND ERROW PLAYERS COME JANUARY TRANSFER.

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  12. ken

    For me we are short four positions to becoming a team to compete for trophies. I would go for Adrian lopez,kevin Strootman,Aurier and Andre Shurrie. And we are good to go and all these players would be eligible to play in the Champions league.

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  13. ken

    Walcott would not be sold and would meet the club halfway and commit his future to the Arsenal. Strikers we would have Walcott,Giroud,Podolski and maybe one of the previous names i mention in Adrian.

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