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Frey on his way to Arsenal?

sebastien-frey_84306By Jonny Payne

Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey has hinted he may be set to leave Florence this summer meaning the door could open for a move to Arsenal. The French goalkeeper has been one of the Florence-based clubs better performers in recent years, helping them to a fourth-placed finish last season and to the knockout stages of the Champions League this time around with the highlight knocking Liverpool out of the group stages.

La Viola’s domestic form has been poor, however, and a eleventh-placed finish means that Frey and his colleagues will not be playing European football next season, which could mean he moves on after five years at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

The 30 year-old told Italian sports daily newspaper, Gazetta dello Sport:

“I have a contract until 2013 but sometimes in life, new motivations are necessary. Perhaps finding new challenges doesn’t necessarily mean leaving, it could also mean that I could stay provided the team is reinforced. Next season we will not play in Europe and that is why we need a strong team to be at the highest level in Serie A.”

The newspaper questioned whether Frey would be open to a move to archrivals Juventus, which if true, could ironically mean that Arsenal may be successful in a bid for Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Frey said: “I can’t say whether I will go or I will remain here, but I am thinking very much. Me at Juventus? Let’s speak about other things.”

Frey would be a welcome addition to Arsenal’s goalkeeping department, a problem area for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger this season, with first choice Manuel Almunia and deputy Lukasz Fabianski not looking convincing between the posts.

What would you think of Sebastien Frey becoming Arsenal’s new number one? Have your say below:



  1. DarrylP

    May 25, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Why not? Almunia and Flapianski have proven they are not good enough to start between the sticks for a club like arsenal… ideally i would prefer Joe Hart as number 1, but i cudnt see Man City selling to us… and also i beleive if wenger is looking for a goalkeeper he will want somebody of Frey/Green/Buffon’s age so that Sczney can develop into our near future number one… Frey is experienced and is a very good shot stopper and could be a good mentor to Sczney.

  2. DarrylP

    May 25, 2010 at 9:40 am

  3. Sean Oakes

    May 25, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Frey will not be coming to Arsenal…

  4. tounsi

    May 26, 2010 at 2:57 am

    i believe Mannone has a great skills and he showed it in the start of the season,he should be number one,he is much much better then that joke fabianski,.or that horrible almunia,as a footballer i see fabianski shouldnt play soccer any more coz thats not his field

  5. kisekka

    May 26, 2010 at 7:44 am

    This would be agreat achivement. And arsenal has to strangthen or otherwise we remain spectators.

  6. Zig

    May 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I tend to agree with Tounsi.Mannone is a better goalkeeper than the 2 blokes.They have been given many chances to show but there wasn’t any improvement.If Frey were to join Arsenal,I believe it will help in the club ambition to get trophies.

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