Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Linked With Belgian Stopper

By on December 24, 2012

Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Arsenal are linked with Simon Mignolet.

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Arsenal are lining-up a January move for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, according to the Metro.

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The report claims that while Gunners boss Arsene Wenger remains fully-behind No.1 Wojciech Szczesny, he has lost confidence in Lukas Fabianski and Vito Mannone and is planning to off-load the pair and bring in a new goalkeeper to push Szczesny for the first-team jersey.

The Metro believe that Wenger’s preferred option is Liverpool’s Pepe Reina but with that deal likely to prove too expensive, and chief scout Steve Rowley said to have warned against signing Wigan’s Ali Al-Habsi and Stoke’s Asmir Begovic, the boss is ready to turn to Belgian stopper Mingolet.

The 24-year-old has impressed during his time with Sunderland – making 64 league appearances since signing from Sint-Truiden in 2010 – and the Metro understand that Wenger will scout the player over the Christmas period with a view to making a £5m bid when the transfer window re-opens in January.

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I’m not convinced Martin O’Neill will be persuaded to sell his first choice keeper for just £5m but it’s good to see the boss appears to be looking for someone to compete with Szczesny.

I think us Arsenal fans have seen enough of Fabianski and Mannone to realise they’re not first-choice material so we need a reliable deputy. I would prefer it to be someone older and more experienced than Szczesny, someone he can learn a few things from, but Mingolet is a talented lad and would certainly push Wojciech if we’re able to bring him in.

But like i say, i think it’s going to take a bit more than the reported £5m Wenger is prepared to pay to lure him away from Sunderland next month.

Who do you think Arsene should sign next month? Get involved in the comments section below.

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7 Comments

  1. Teeve stephen tyolumun

    December 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    They’d sign a top class holding mid-fielder.

  2. Jean Thornton

    December 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I have been saying for at least a year that our ‘chez’ needs a back up. pepe Reina would be my first choice. Money should not be an issue if we want to win trophies. After all the money is there. We are not in debt like some other clubs so just go for him!!!

  3. Todd

    December 26, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Arsenal really needs a decent goal keeper, but good luck getting Reina.

  4. Ifecogunners

    December 31, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    We don’t need him. Pepe rainal is not the caind of keepr we need, rather he should go for an expirience marchure keepr, they are every were in epl, acept he dosn’t want to sign anyone. I don’t want another calamity keepr like almunie at the past years. pls sir wenger try n lain ur leason before buying this season.

  5. shafiu d-j engr.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    arsenal 4 life

  6. Red Gunnerss boss

    January 4, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Pls boss we need a talented players,not the one that will demolish the club.like gevinho,ramsey,squallaci,djr,jeckinson,manonne and even giroud.we need talanted player like s.carzola etc and don’t follow cheap one that is why we normally buy bad players.

  7. abdulla

    January 6, 2013 at 10:03 am

    quality keeper is our hope but no for the seck of buying and lower price

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