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Arsenal Want £8m Djalo But Wenger Confirms No New Goalkeeper

Yannick Djalo Yannick Djalo #20 of Sporting Lisbon plays the ball against Manchester City on July 23, 2010 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Sporting Lisbon won 2-0, both goals by Djalo.

Arsenal face Liverpool today in what is a massive game for Wenger’s side as they try to close the gap on Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table. Arsenal will therefore be coming up against the goalkeeper that they tried to sign a couple of transfer windows ago, Pepe Reina.

However, that was before Wojciech Szczesny appeared as a solid figure between the white sticks at the Emirates. He has, Wenger believes, turned into a potential number 1 goalkeeper, and, now recovered from the dislocated finger he suffered against Barcelona in the Champions League, he will be out to prove it against Liverpool:

“Szczesny he has the calibre to be a goalkeeper at Arsenal Football Club and we have Fabianski as well.”

“Szczesny has the potential [to be No 1]. It will be a fight because Fabianski will be back. We still have Almunia too, he has one year to go [on his contract].

“We can always in mid-season call Jens Lehmann back!”

From that then, we can take that Wenger will not be delving into the transfer window to purchase a new goalkeeper, as he has all he needs already at the club. From Szczesny’s performances this season, that is understandable. Aside from the defensive mishap in the Carling Cup final, he has been blunder free – something his team mates and rivals, Fabianski and Almunia, cannot boast.

Wenger’s comments also seems to spell an end to Manuel Almunia’s Arsenal career. No mention of the Spanish goalkeeper and Arsenal’s fans huge general mistrust in him are not promising signs, and with the two Polish youngsters and a possible Lehmann return, he won’t be getting many games next season anyway.

But according to some reports, Arsenal will try to improve their team further up the pitch with the signing of Yannick Djalo. The 24 year-old Portuguese forward currently plays for Sporting Lisbon and has attracted attention from various clubs including Everton, but Arsenal are apparently favourites to sign Djalo who can operate both as a winger and a striker.

Djalo possesses blistering pace and has a strong physical presence, making over 80 appearances for Sporting, scoring 20 goals. Sporting will therefore be expecting to make £8 million for the player who has appeared once for Portugal so far.

Tell me what you think!

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  1. aliyu mailafiya

    April 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

    well its a positive step to buy a foward who knows how to score for the goal keeper area i go with wenger,we should also bring in vito mannone.

    • lalala

      April 18, 2011 at 12:41 am

      not sure u can call a forward/winger who score only 1/4 of the time is good at scoring…

  2. Aziz, KL-Malaysia

    April 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    We don’t need a 8M striker, we need a poacher who converts what we create. Spend 20M on someone who can bully and has a great 1st touch, another 15M on a bulldog for central defense. Chapter closed. Bywalkers and wage earners like Diaby and Denilson – give them the boot.

  3. josephat osiri

    April 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    in fact it is good for Arsene to sign a good striker who can make the fans to enjoy Arsena game

  4. Jaykram

    April 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Wenger is best manager ever bt dis must b translated in2 trophies,DJALO is quite gud bkos he’ll give us an edge wit his physical presence bt truly @ d moment wi need a top class striker…d likes of diaby,benthner,denilson,eboue,chamakh should b ova @ d emirates kos they are al suplus 2 requirements in a team that fans are so desirous of a trophy afta d 2005 f.a cup triumph

  5. Ubatgoonergooner

    April 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    @Aziz, defensive bulldog – Carlos Marchena. Attacking bully – Marco Borriello . If Fab goes, Wenger should get Danielle De Rossi. Djourou can be given new role as a defensive midfielder to back up Song.

  6. Dan

    April 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I think the writer is in the wrong for blaming Szczczczesny for the blunder in the Carling Cup Final. The blame lies with the donkey Laurent Koscielny. Szczczczesny is now our Number One for the next 15 years and we need a reliable back up, which Almunía and Flappy certainly are not!

  7. ryan frayne

    April 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Djalo could be a great signing, but who know’s.
    We need to sell Rosicky, Almunia, Denilson, and Fabianski. Bendtner is looking better than before.
    Bring in Vito Mannone as No.2.
    Keeping Fab and Nas is vital, but we need to sign as you say a poacher, javier hernandez was a brilliant signing for man united and has vertualy put them in the position that they are in now!

  8. frankie frankie

    April 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I remember when Djalo first came on the scene with Nani. I though he was great. Quick and skillful but now I say dont touch him with a barge pole. What is the point in spending 8 mil on a player with a avergae scoring record. whether a forward or a winger it’s not great. Wenger will just play him as a winger anyway so who are we kidding. agree with Ryan, a goal poacher is far more needed. Falcoa would be great or someone of his ilk. With a defense like ours we need goals, a bag full of them not another tricky little winger with no end product.

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