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Which of the Spanish keepers do Arsenal want (or can afford)?

The fact that the Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta has never won a full international cap for Spain, despite making many appearances for the under 15s, under 17s, under 18s and under 21s, is a clear sign, if you needed one, that Spanish football has been producing a large number of outstanding players in recent years. Two Euro championships and a World Cup trophy is a little pointer as well.

And it is not just talented midfielders coming from Spain, as for the the last decade or so, the national side has had an embarrassment of riches, with Iker Casillas keeping out Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina. And now, just when Arsenal need a keeper due to the departure of Lukasz Fabianski, both of Casillas’ rivals appear to be available.

Arsenal do NOT need Casillas, we have Szczesny!!

Szczesny back in firing line by Big Gun

After Arsenal’s recent string of poor results, it’s no surprise fans are finding fault in almost everything in our club, from the manager right down to the physio team. Some of them definitely hold some merit, but one thing I cannot understand is how our keeper is also in the line of fire. On the surface, when you hear of a team getting thumped 5-1, 6-0, 3-0 all in quick succession, your first assumption (at least for those naïve enough) is that the keeper must be an absolute joke. What type of keeper can let in six goals right? This is really what annoys me about some fans. They will blindly ignore the facts and place the blame unfairly on the least culpable.

Arsenal transfer links with Barcelona star seem over

Barcelona man unlikely to join Arsenal! by Ash

The relationship between Arsenal and Barcelona is usually one that sparks a lot of controversy, whether it be on or off the field. On the field we have a fierce rivalry with our styles of passing football, whilst off it there is always transfer speculation regarding the two clubs.

Most of the time it is unfortunately Arsenal who are on the bad end of the business, having been hassled by Barcelona into selling some of our best players over the last eight years or so. The likes of Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb and Alex Song have all swapped The Emirates for the Camp Nou, whilst all we seem to get from them is more and more youth players in hope of making it at the highest level.

Is Valdes still on Arsenal transfer target list?

I was among the many Arsenal fans who were surprised, if not amazed, that Arsene Wenger did not snap up the Brazilian international keeper Julio Cesar from QPR this summer. He would not have cost very much, because Harry Redknapp was keen to get him off the books in the Championship. When we sold Vito Mannone to Sunderland, it became even more important to sign another keeper, but it was not until deadline day that Arsenal announced the season long loan deal for Emiliano Viviano.

Have Gunners set their sights on Sunderland stopper?

In another strange twist in the Arsenal goalkeeper situation, the club is now reported to have made a bid for Sunderland’s Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet. Mignolet is just about the one hundredth keeper to be linked with the club in the last few weeks.

In my personal opinion Arsenal are wasting their time by looking for a new goalkeeper so relentlessly, because Szczesny is a good keeper who can only get better the more he plays at the club.

Arsenal have offered around £10 Million for the Sunderland and Belgium stopper, which is more than they offered for Portuguese keeper Rui Patricio just last week who was thought to be available on the cheap.

Arsenal in transfer link with yet another keeper

We don’t know for sure that Arsenal are definitely looking to sign another keeper this summer, but it seems fairly likely, with the problems there have been with Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski over the last few years. I really hope that Arsene Wenger has got a clear idea of who he wants to bring in, even if it is between a few keepers, because according to the media he has about 39 different possibilities.

Arsenal transfer news- Patricio close to Arsenal move?

The Arsenal transfer target, Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio, has admitted that he may be leaving his beloved Sporting Lisbon this summer. In an interview with the Portuguese press he said “I feel good here, but we must consider many things. I still do not know what the future holds for me”.

The keeper was the subject of an £8 Million bid just last week from Arsenal which was immediately rejected by Sporting. Arsenal have been searching for a new goalkeeper for many weeks now and Patricio was a surprise choice until a bid was actually made for him. The frontrunners were thought to be Barcelona’s Victor Valdes and QPR’s Julio Cesar.

Arsenal to make shock move for England keeper?

The latest rumour in the Arsenal goalkeeper situation by SS

There is an Arsenal transfer rumour going around that Arsene Wenger could be ready to make a surprise bid for Reading’s Alex McCarthy who has earned his first ever call up to the England squad this week. McCarthy would not become the top goalkeeper at the club but would instead be used as emergency cover and loaned out to other clubs with a recall option, similar to the arrangement Fulham have with David Stockdale.

Arsenal to challenge Tottenham for David Villa?

The rumour mill seems to have really kicked in with the Spanish media and a few of the stories coming out are of great interest to Arsenal fans. Of course, we do not really know how much truth is behind them, but we arrely do until the agreement’s are actually made.

Earlier today it was reported that the long term Arsenal transfer target David Villa was going to our North London rivals Tottenham. The story in Mundo Deportivo said that the spuds had agreed personal terms with the 31-year old striker and they were going to make an offer of around £10 million to Barca.

Arsenal Keeper rumours are getting silly!!

Is there any keeper who hasn’t yet been linked with Arsenal? by FD

It must be dispiriting if you’re a current professional goalkeeper and your name hasn’t been linked with a summer move to the Emirates. But you shouldn’t get too down. It’s still only May.

Today’s news that Swansea’s Michel Vorm is a possible Arsenal target means we could almost field a team of keepers from the names of contenders for that Number 1 jersey.

Before Vorm, we’ve had speculation linking us with Asmir Begovic, Victor Valdes, Julio Cesar, Iker Casillas, Rene Adler, Simon Mignolet, Federico Marchetti, Pepe Reina and even Petr Cech!

Arsenal keeper transfer rumours- Cesar, Valdes and Adler

As the end of the season draws ever closer, the newspapers are gearing up for the summer transfer window and Arsenal, as usual, will be involved with an amazingly high proportion of them. The rumours about the goalkeeping situation alone should be enough to fill the back pages of your average tabloid and there have been three stories involving the Gunners in the last couple of days.

We don’t really know what the situation concerning the current three keepers at the Emirates will be until the season finishes, but for the sake of these stories we will assume that Arsene Wenger is looking to sign one quality keeper, whether as back up or replacement for Szczesny, Fabianski or Mannone.

Why Arsenal should NOT get Valdes from Barcelona

Arsenal still trying for Barca keeper? by AH

The Express has today reported today that Arsenal have opened talks with Barcelona and the appropriate agent over the possibility of Victor Valdes moving to North London with the Gunners this summer.

Arsenal are notably looking for a new keeper with Fabianski likely to leave at the end of the season, as well as Mannone, and so Arsenal have identified a few goalkeeping targets and 31-year-old Valdes is reportedly one of them. Valdes is now entering the final year of his contract and he has already declared an intention to leave the Spanish giants this summer, so it’s possible that Barcelona will sell him instead of losing him for free next year.