Gunners linked with yet another goalkeeper
Arsenal are interested in Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, according to Sky Sports News. Arsene Wenger has been on the look out for a new No.1 following the unconvincing performances of Almunia and Fabianski last season and Handanovic joins an ever growing list of keepers to be linked with a move to the Emirates.
It has been understood that Arsenal were close to agreeing a deal for Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer, with a £4m fee mooted and The Cottagers said to be targeting Hulls Boaz Myhill as a replacement. But now Sky Sports reports that Wenger has turned his attention Udinese’s No.1 after being impressed by his performances at the World Cup, which included a narrow defeat to England.
Handanovic is a talented 25-year-old and has been in good form for both club and country in recent years, and it would take a size-able offer for Udinese to consider a sale.
The problem i have with this latest piece of transfer news is that Handanovic is being touted as a long-term option…something i don’t believe Wenger is looking for. Arsene is known to be a huge admirer of Wojciech Szczesny and sees him as a future Arsenal No.1. So why would he bring someone in who will only hinder Szczesny’s development?
I think it’s far more likely Wenger is looking for an experienced stopper, who is in his thirties who the youngsters at the Emirates can learn from and eventually replace in a couple of years. Arsenal have enough talented young goalkeepers so i don’t see this link to Handanovic coming to anything. Just my personal opinion. Feel free to provide yours.
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