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.
Szczesny back in firing line by Big Gun
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.