There is little doubt that Wojciech Szczesny, the Poland international who seriously tests your spelling skills, had his best year in an Arsenal shirt last season. He was unlucky not feature in the FA cup triumph at Wembley, after Arsene Wenger had handed the domestic cup duties to Lukasz Fabianski, but there was no doubt that the 24-year old was the undisputed number one for Arsenal.
Not too many Arsenal fans will have been any more than vaguely aware of the Mexico international Gullermo Ochoa before yesterday. But the 28-year old keeper is the darling of the World Cup media today after producing a string of fine saves to deny the Samba boys of Brazil.
It is a risk versus reward situation for Arsenal, but if it worked out for us it would be a real transfer coup for the Gunners. As we know from the Arsenal transfer rumours, one of the main jobs for Arsene Wenger and his scouts is to find a replacement for the Polish international keeper Lukasz Fabianski, who has joined Premier League club Swansea City.
Arsenal need a keeper. Even more than last summer, when a lot of the transfer rumours about the Gunners were about who Arsene Wenger would sign to take over from Wojciech Szczesny. The answer was nobody, and our Polish international has proven that Wenger was right by really stepping up his game and cutting out the errors that had dogged him in recent years.
It is usually Arsenal that are caught scratching their heads and considering whether they should complete a transfer, when another club swoops in and signs the player from under their noses, a la Gonzalo Higuain, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard.
I am not sure what to make of this one, Arsenal fans. I am tempted to file it under, not a snowball’s chance in hell, but seeing as the Gunners are on the up and in need of a keeper to replace the departing Polish stopper Lukasz Fabianski, I will keep an open mind.
Seven observations on Arsenal by Blaz
It’s been almost a week since the last time Arsenal got a trophy, so I did have my time to think about the game and what it told me. So here are a few things the whole world saw on Saturday:
Saturday’s FA cup final triumph may turn out to be a bittersweet memory for a few of the Arsenal team, as it could also turn out to be the final game in a Gunners shirt for them as well as a happy one because of the winners medal.