Although Arsenal were widely believed to be chasing a new goalkeeper in the summer transfer window, there has been no official word from the club. Assuming that the media have some kind of insider knowledge, however, all signs pointed towards the signing of the QPR keeper Julio Cesar.
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.
Arsene Wenger has been looking for an experienced keeper to provide competition and cover for the current Arsenal number one, Wojciech Szczesny. The feeling is that the Polish international is too comfortable in his position and Wenger thinks he needs pressure to keep his performances high and encourage him to work and improve his game.
Transfer Rumour: Dutch Goalkeeper Offered To Arsenal by AH
According to reports from several European countries, Arsenal have been offered Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. The former Ajax man has also been offered to London rivals Fulham FC who have also expressed an interest. The current AS Roma keeper has reportedly undergone a rift with the management staff at the Italian club and he has now been told he can go for a cut price of £3.5 million.
It’s Sunday yet again and as usual the papers are full of football transfer rumours, and quite a few of them are about Arsenal. I reported yesterday that the latest goalkeeping rumours are saying that Wenger has turned his attention to Ajax keeper Maarten Stekelenberg, after the deals for Shay Given and Mark Schwarzer now look dead in the water.
With the news yesterday that Arsene Wenger seems to have accepted Fulham’s refusal to sell Mark Schwarzer, todays biggest Arsenal transfer rumour is that he has now turned his attention to the Ajax and Holland goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
There is an air of desperation in the media’s Arsenal transfer rumours today, especially when they make the main link Jan Vertonghen. The ex-team-mate of Thomas Vermaelen quite clearly said in his interview that he wouldn’t consider leaving Ajax for another year at least, but the papers have turned it into a come-and-get-me plea.
There is a report coming out of Italy (of all places!) saying that Arsene Wenger is going to return to Ajax with a massive offer for three of their World Cup stars. Calcio News 24 has reported that Arsenal are targeting goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, right-back Gregory van der Wiel, and the Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, and are willing to pay a massive £42m to tempt Ajax into selling.