Arsenal may spend big part of budget on the wrong position

There are a lot of positions that need strengthening at Arsenal but the goalkeeping role is certainly not one of them and when you have a tight transfer budget you need to spend what money you have wisely so reports that we are interested in splashing out £22 Million on a back-up keeper is disconcerting, to say the least.

Apparently, Arsenal and Tottenham, yes them again, are both linked with a move for Lazio goalie Thomas Strakosha.

I know absolutely nothing about Strakosha other than what I have read, which is that he has been with the club since 2012 and he has established himself as their number one.

The Albanian international kept 13 clean sheets last season for ninth-placed Lazio and on the face of it seems a decent and capable keeper but do we really need to be splashing out £22 Million for him.

I know Petr Cech has retired and David Ospina is likely to remain in Italy with Napoli but we have a good number one in Bernd Leno and I was under the impression that Emiliano Martínez was going to be the German’s back-up.

If we had a ton of money to spend then I can understand the desire to have two top keepers fighting for the position but we simply do not have that luxury and it is not as if Martinez is not capable enough.

If Tottenham wants him then they are welcome to him in my opinion and I will be a little taken back if we do end up spending a significant portion of our limited transfer budget on a position that hardly needs surgery.


  1. John0711 says:

    Martin just for 24 hours could you not repeat what on news now

    1. Admin Martin says:

      What I try to do John is instigate debate on whatever news is out there, as an example since midnight I have done four articles in total, one was a Poll, nothing to do with Newsnow or any other news service, another was a pure opinion piece on not getting over excited about impending signings, one was a gossip peice with an opinion attached and the last one is another gossip piece with a significant opinion attached to it.

      It is transfer gossip season and whether we like it or not that dominates the news and it really is critical that Arsenal get it right and so I think it is only fair that we report on as much of it as possible and judging by the number of comments it does appear that a lot of the site users have an opinion also on the rumours.

      We try very hard not to just post up transfer gossip without an opinion and it is our opinions that we hope are the main focus of the article.

      We really do try to mix it up.

      But thanks for your feedback John, it is appreciated and I will take on board your comments.

      1. aMoistMuffin says:

        It must be difficult to keep things fresh without any actual football being played. as Martin said it is transfer season so that is going to dominate most football sites. However maybe Martin could try and filter out what you think might be a load of rubbish and not give it the time of day. either way i find myslef back here more during transfer windows and thats due to gossip and rumours etc. i cant help it haha.

  2. Midkemma says:

    “I was under the impression that Emiliano Martínez was going to be the German’s back-up.”

    This is what I thought/think as well.

    He has done well out on loan and if he can produce some of that magic for us then Leno will be pushed 🙂

    I think he has at least done well enough to save us money on a GK next season and if Emery doesn’t like him in 12 months then Arsenal will have more funds to work with.

  3. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

    It would have made more sense if we actually qualified to CL. It would have been difficult to throw Martinez there, but since it is not the case and budget is limited, makes no sense to me.

    It may seem like Emery does not rate Leno as high as most people do, or he have fitness concern, which again makes no sense.

  4. Malik says:

    Yeah I don’t think there’s that much substance to this rumour , probs just his agent trying to get his player a good move. Surely Raul and Vinai are not stupid enough to spend a large chunk of our money on an area of minimal concern.

    In other news, if PSG are buying De light we should go all out to get one of kimbempe/kehrer/Marquinhos as all of these guys would want 1st team football and de light isn’t moving to sit on PSG’s bench. All of those guys are an upgrade to what we have atm and there would be a desire to leave from them and with FFP snooping around PSG are already trying to balance there books.

  5. ForeverGooner says:

    Yes. We should get a better Keeper BUT AFTER we fix our main problems 1. CBs,
    2. Central midfield and
    3. Wingers
    Also we need back up RB with Lichtsteiner gone.

  6. Le Coq Monster says:

    Admin Martin, have you kept any sort of record as to how many rumoured players we have had so far this window ?……….if so, can we have a poll on who is the worst rumour ? 😆
    This one must be up there ! 🙂

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