Thierry Henry helping the transfer of Valdes to Arsenal

Arsenal are looking for a new keeper, as Szczesny is still prone to too many mistakes, hopefully one with lots of experience and talent. There have been quite a few players linked with a summer move to the Emirates, such as Begovic from Stoke and Mignolet from Sunderland, but the biggest name linked with the Gunners has been Victor Valdes of Barcelona.

The Catalan club are still trying to persuade the 31-year old Spaniard to change his mind and renew his contract at the Nou Camp, but he seems determined to seek his fortune elsewhere after 11 seasons and 500 games with Barcelona. According to the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, the Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has been helping to facilitate the deal by speaking to Arsene Wenger and Valdes about the mutual benefits of the deal.

Henry has convinced Valdes that he will love life in London and with Arsenal, while using his close contacts with Wenger to get the ball rolling. Apparently Barcelona will give Valdes until the end of the month to change his mind before they start looking in earnest for a new number one. It seems ever more likely that Valdes will be sold this summer rather than see out his current contract, and he could become a Gunner for as little as £8 million.

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67 thoughts on “Thierry Henry helping the transfer of Valdes to Arsenal

  1. jojo

    Valdes is prone to mistakes,Dont be distracted by the fact that he plays for barca. I would prefer a reliable keeper like Marchetti, Begovic, Mignolet or even diego lopez.

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  2. GunnShow

    Valdes is only good wit his feet, just because he doesn’t let in alot of goals doesn’t mean he is any good. He play for barca remember…

    We need to tighten the defence, add steel to the midfield, then learn how to press as a team FIRST. Then if Szczesny is still causing problems then will can get a new GK.

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  3. leo

    a bid of around 6m should do acc to them we had a bid for begovic rejected in jan i think we will again try for begovic doubt this is a smoke screen

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  4. PatLloyd

    I a word – NO. Cesar if QPR go down. If not why not go for Lopez – Reals stand in keeper? he’ll be looking for new first team football when Casillas is back?

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  5. GunnShow

    Besides what mistakes has Szczesny done?? Apart from the odd couple .vs Southampton, most of the goals are DEFENCE errors… if the defence and midfield let Michu go through on goal how is that Szczesny fault?? He is not a liability like Alumina, Fabiaski.

    Support the team, stop blaming losses on induvials like Szczesny, Vermealen and Ramsey. The WHOLE team is accountable, from the First XI to Wenger.

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  6. GunnShow

    Players we need from most important to least (IMO):

    *Defensive/Strong/Ballwinning…CDM/CM
    *New CB (Do not Sell Vermealen, Sell Djourou Instead.)
    *Clinical Striker OR Pure Winger (Walcott is the new Striker.)
    *RB – If Sanga leaves or Fails to sign a new Deal. (Around 26yo+ to avoid stopping Jenkison Development.)

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  7. leo

    @don eriksen not sure our scouts were there to see him gotze could happen + we are in for jovetic/higuain/villa in case we miss out on one

    df it could be hummels/amoerbita or sakho

    cdm waynama looks likely still anything can happen

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  8. mudah

    Valdes+SONG+Villa then I will 4give them (barca) a little bit…and CESC if possible..LOL COYG

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  9. leo

    how about this would guys take song back he wants arsenal return lol

    + higuain has told madrid he wants to leave arsenal & spuds want him i would love to see him & jovetic over villa

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  10. Greg

    I respect king thierry henry helping the arsenal cause his love for arsenal goes beyond measure! True legend!

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  11. Aggelos

    Please dont,Valdes was the biggest weakness,if not the only,on barcas team for all these years in recent memory.We dont need to sell them our top players only for them to sell us their rubbish.We would look like a dump

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  12. GP

    He is better than all of the keepers we have right now.
    He has tons of experience including what it takes to win trophies unlike anyone else at our club.
    Would we do business with Stoke after all the name calling and bad blood?
    Begovic is ok and Mignolet is battling potential relegation.He could be punch drunk by the end of the season.
    I’ve heard worse ideas.

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  13. Gunnerineverylife

    Things I know from reliable twitter sources:
    1.That 30m player that everyone was talking about in January is Gotze.
    2.We are watching Strootman and Capoue.
    3.We are definitely interested in Villa.

    Thing I know from watching football:
    Valdes is sh*t.

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  14. Jay-T

    Julio Cesar will be good.He is in early 30s,loads of experience,help Sceczny to improve and will come cheap praying qpr get relegated.

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  15. Aldo

    Oh dear, so much transfer talk and the season hasn’t even finished yet. Just don’t get disappointed again. And if Arsenal fails to qualify for CL, i honestly doubt any of the names mentioned above would join Arsenal to play Thursday nights.

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  16. jamaican gunner

    how many of use watch valdes he is a world class keeper ; statistically he outperformed iker 3 times out of the last 5 season an no im not talking clean sheet. the names you mention are all justshot stoppers(begovic,mignolet etc…) do they have the concentration to play for arsenal? we normally have posesion of the ball for long in games
    valdes is good at set pieses,great distribution,orgonising defence, and is the best one on one keeper in europe . the biggest thing is how much confidence will he give to our defence? having a winner will boost the whole team an he can persuade villa to join and they both coulf sneak song an cesc in their suitcase

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  17. Gunnerineverylife

    Suarez is the type of striker that would suit our team very well.

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  18. Greg

    Wow did you see steven gerrards tackle on bale? You could have sworn a bus ran over him! Lol keep it up stevie g!

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  19. Tobias

    @leo

    we will only buy 1 world class cf if at all so higuain and jovitec is not going to happen unless we played a 3-5-2

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  20. Tobias

    @mr lean

    if we got all the money barca owed us we could by hummels out right just with that

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  21. Tobias

    i personally would like to see more german plauers come to arsenal:
    hummels
    howdes
    strootman
    gomez

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  22. kachi

    Valdes is another calamity. If we’re talking of building a squad, picking valdes would be an error. Sincerely I no longer trust wenger with good judgment. Sceceny is way better than valdes. Have u played a shot against valdes in ps3? It echoes how a basket he is.

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  23. Tobias

    qould rather lopez from madrid he will be looking for 1st team action when casiells comes back from injury

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  24. Nikhilesh Maiya(india)

    If valdes wer a gud keeper he shud hav been in da spain squad. Cesar is da present van der sar buy him.

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  25. ks-gunner

    even barca fans say that valdes is shet…..case closed

    about the liverpool game i say it so emberassing to be relyin in other teams…..neverless common u liverpool facepalm…

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  26. ks-gunner

    J. Vertonghen….and wengers says no thank u to him….damn u liverpool

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  27. bob

    P. Cisse wins it 4 Newcastle, a player Wenger could have got but he was too expensive or he just wanted to save money and signed Park…….For keen Wenger

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  28. mr lean

    i dont rate valdes would rather spend the money on a keeper with premier league experiance

    @Tobias would love to see hummels next season in the red of arsenal

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  29. Tobias

    @mr lean
    would be amazinvjust look at ajak youth system then imagine that with the talent we already have

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  30. ks-gunner

    tobias…ur word in the boards ear…we need Dennis Bergkamp..but wenger kicks them off

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  31. clauddd

    2 central defenders need to work better together, sczesney can only do so much

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  32. ks-gunner

    lol lost in translation….its a saying from diff language gess it makes no sense in eng at all lol…it means something like ur thoughts should be listened to the board as it makes perfect sense…Wenger should have appointed some of our former legends for help….but stubborn he is he declinded every time…his massive ego problem is killing the club…he hates to be questioned…..i think players as arshavin,boscenly,poldi,mozard speaked up and ended up with the bench lol neverless

    well done to liverpool…unlucky chelsea…up the arsenal

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  33. The Messenger

    Ruffier and Aubemeyang in a package deal… or Minolet/Begovic

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  34. zakariyau jelyll

    We know much more about his performances he alway make mistakes so we don’t need him there are many stopper dat are gud dan him

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  35. LoCkAy

    You have to remember one important thing…

    WE WON’T BUY PLAYERS UNLESS WE CAN ALSO MAKE A PROFIT… THAT IS THE ARSENAL WAY.

    If we buy for £30-40 millions of players we will have to sell in order to balance the coffers… That’s just how Arsenal make his business and we all know that cruel reality.

    What we need is those Arabics conglomerate or Usmanov…

    We won’t be competitive if we stick with the “silent fool”, Wenger and Gazidis ( failure ).

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  36. Goonertron

    @Leo

    I would take Song back, he was great for us last year. He didn’t get the raise he deserved with Arsenal so he rightfully moved on. But know that he has realized playtime is alot more valuable than money he should come back next season. Joining another EPL club is unforgivable but when Barca call with decent pay increase, who can blame them.

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  37. Gundam

    Cassillaaaaaasssssa aint doing nothing… offer him a few models and some cash

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  38. arsenal

    Look out for Akinfeev from CSKA Moscow. Excellent at goalkeeping and has good experience with Russia at a national level.

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