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Update on Arsenal’s goalkeeper search


By Fab4.

As Arsenal continue their search for a new goalkeeper they were linked with a few more names over the weekend. Reports in Italy suggested that Arsene Wenger was now interested in Italian No.2 Federico Marchetti after failing to land Mark Schwarzer from Fulham. Apparently we are also monitoring AZ Alkmaar’s Argentina international Sergio Romero and Arsene is checking them both out while in South Africa working for French TV.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood confirmed recently that they had approached Fulham over the availability of Schwarzer, only to be told he was not available. So a move for Marchetti is now being mooted. The 27-year-old replaced the injured Gigi Buffon at half time during Italy’s 1-1 draw with Paraguay and started the 1-1 draw with New Zealand yesterday.

Juventus are also said to be looking at Marchetti due to their concerns over Buffon’s long-term fitness but Cagliari have tried to put off any potential interest by placing a £12.5m price tag on their stopper. The third name to be linked with Arsenal over the weekend was Dynamo Kiev’s 35-year-old Ukraine goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskyy, although he’s not believed to be high on the list of priorities.

So more names linked with being Arsenal’s new No.1 and none of them particularly inspiring. No i don’t know a lot about any of them, Marchetti, Romero or Shovkovskyy, but their not who i feel we need at the club. Perhaps someone can enlighten me to the qualities of any of them? Romero is the one i have seen the most of out of the three and he looks decent enough, but i would still prefer a household name or someone with premiership experience.



  1. vanmoulds

    June 21, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Probably very good but we need someone who we know will be brilliant with crosses and playing in the prem, hence the bid for shwarz

    if we can’t get big mark then lets go for solid Tom Sorensen!!! i think he would be a great signing and mentor for our young polish goalies.

  2. vote eboue

    June 21, 2010 at 9:27 am

    By house hold name you mean Green? Man C are not letting go of Hart u can be sure of that.

  3. Jack

    June 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

    the only reason that Fulham snubbed the offer is becuase they want to wait untill they buy a replacement
    when they sign david james then they will accept an offer if its good enough
    so yes he is unavailable but only at this moment in the transfer window

  4. redsigmund

    June 21, 2010 at 11:39 am

    We should go for David James: less calamities as he’s matured, he’s big and comes for corners and crosses and he’s very assertive with his defence providing much needed leadership. He could give us a couple of good years until Scezney is ready.

  5. aj

    June 21, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I suggest you read again what you have written here.

    “No i don’t know a lot about any of them, Marchetti, Romero or Shovkovskyy, but their not who i feel we need at the club…… but i would still prefer a household name…”

    This is utter madness. Thank God we have more intelligent people running the club. How can you say that they are not what we need, immediately after you admit that you know little about them? They could be fantastic – much better than Green or Schwarzer, who are household names. Just think back to last year. We didn’t want Vermaelen because Tony Adams said he was too small and he wasn’t a household name, yet, in many neutral’s eyes, he was the best buy of the summer.

    Don’t get caught up in the hype. Let the professionals make the decisions.

    • Fab4

      June 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      @ aj

      Firstly, of course the people running Arsenal are more intelligent than me, that’s a given.

      The fact that i know little about the 3 keepers we were linked with, means they are not the goalkeeper i personally think we need/should sign. Arsenal needs a GK with proven international/european and/or premiership experience. We dont need more uncertainty in this position anymore. Simple. The new No.1 should be able to come in with little fuss and give the players/fans/coaching staff an immediate lift and fill them with confidence. We should know them, and not be wondering ‘is this guy any good?’.

      The difference with this situation and the Vermaelen signing is that the goalkeeping position needs far more certainty about it than any other. What other top club doesn’t know who their first choice goalkeeper is? The answer is none. If Arsenal take a chance on an unproven keeper, we’re asking for trouble. Vermaelen worked out better than anyone anticipated, including Wenger, which is great. But if he took time to settle, it would have been far less of a problem than if we bring in a keeper who needs time. You don’t get time to settle or prove your self in goal, ask Fabianski. What do we do if this new guy nobody’s knows isn’t ready yet or up to scratch? Put Fab’s or Almunia back in goal till he’s ready?!

      At a top club like Arsenal, your under the spotlight with every mistake. So any keeper we bring to be No.1 should be a proven No.1 already in his own right with the relevant experience to hold such an important position.

  6. Henry, Chatham

    June 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    wenger, sign vicent enyeama, this guy is miles better than all.

  7. aj

    June 21, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Marchetti is Italy’s second-choice goalkeeper, behind Buffon, who is often rated as the world number 1. He can’t be that experimental, surely!

    I would much rather have a brilliant, unknown goalkeeper than a mediocre household name, like Schwarzer, for example.

    How many known world-class goalkeepers are up for sale this summer? Not many, I’ll bet.

    The point I am making is that being a household name depends only on how much the media want to hype up an individual. I have no way of knowing who the best goalkeepers are, among those who could be available, so I am trusting the Arsenal staff to judge that better. I know that Almunia and Fabianski would suggest that they are not very good judges but I am hoping that Arsenal have learnt from those mistakes.

    • Fab4

      June 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm

      Of course Marchetti will be a decent keeper, but 90% of Arsenal fans no very little about him and if he makes 1 mistake in his first few games the knives will be out straight away. Whereas if we bought Joe Hart or Mark Schwarzer, for example, every Arsenal fan knows them and would put it down to an unfortunate error and give them more time.

      The fact is, whether we like it or not, Arsene doesn’t have a great record in buying/judging goalkeepers. He chose to promote Almunia and Fabianski instead of buying a proper No.1. So what im saying is, that he shouldn’t buy an unproven ‘risky’ player just to save some £££ or whatever, he should pay what’s required for a proven keeper. We can’t take the risk in buying an unknown who might be amazing.

      No, there will be very few truley world class GK’s for sale this summer, but id go for a schwarzer or a james at under £3m for a couple of seasons who both have prem expeience, before paying £12m+ for a relatively unproven Italian No.2 any day. We know what we’re getting then.

  8. Serhiy

    June 22, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Shovkovskyy is a fantastic penalty saver.

  9. Getros

    June 26, 2010 at 1:33 am

    We ave no other rival dan d bid for vincent enyeama other dan confusin ourselves.we know it,even as at last summer-we bid 4 him n cudn’t afford him n we missed a dat bal is in our court we shud just pay 4 him n get d best just as he did at ongoin wc . .its wise!

  10. jared

    July 6, 2010 at 11:01 am

    wenger can only do himself afavour by going for the lyon keeper or fc shoalke 04 stopper , get rid of sylvestsr, gallas, jorou. he then should sign 2 consistent defenders, astriking midfielder likely de rossi n utilise the raw talent of carlos vela .then make the most of the madrid offer on van persie. good luck prof .

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