Arsenal shouldn’t sign Pepe Reina. by KJ
There have been rumours lately that Arsenal are after Spain international, Pepe Reina. He used to be a brilliant player in a solid Liverpool side but has lost his way as the quality in front of him has dropped. Is he really the best keeper for Arsenal? Not at all.
He was once a great keeper but now, I can’t even distinguish him from the impossibly bad Mannone. Even now, he’s being benched for Brad Jones (yeah, I haven’t really heard of him either). He’s even lost his place to Valdes in the national side as second keeper to Casillas.
He’s lost the confidence he once had and fumbles the easiest of shots. Who remembers Santi’s first goal against Liverpool at Anfield? It was a well hit shot but shouldn’t be beating Reina from there.
We also have to see how he’d fit into the club. He’s a very good shot stopper but isn’t great with his feet. He’s also 30 years old meaning that he isn’t going to represent value if we need to sell him on. He also is probably on a very high wage at Liverpool as well as probably costing £10-£15m and hence would pose a very high risk moving to the Emirates. Finally, we don’t have the luxury to toy around with players and “hope they come good”. Arsenal have done that far too much over the last couple of years. We need experienced players who also are in the form of their lives. I don’t mind youngsters if they clearly are going to be great one day.
It really does dawn on you what a player we may have missed in Lloris. There simply aren’t many quality keepers on the market at the moment and considering that we had the Lloris deal wrapped up and the board backed out, it is extremely disappointing. It’s another case of where Wenger is ready to spend and strengthen us but isn’t being backed by a very stingy board.