By Avenell Dave
There’s been plenty of Arsenal transfer news in the media today and it’s hard to know where the truth begin and the mischief ends.
While discretion and diplomacy are the buzzwords of Arsenal’s transfer strategy, Peter Hill-Wood continues to reveal more than I would like to know about comings or goings including an offer for Mark Schwarzer.
It seems clear that Arsene Wenger has had enough of Manuel Almunia – a player given way more chances than he has deserved, particularly in light of the disregard for Phil Senderos after his poor display against Liverpool a while back.
Is Schwarzer the man? At 37 he doesn’t have a great deal of time left at the top, but he would provide some experience and reliability.
£3m though seems a bit steep for a player who may only give us a season or two and I would really like us to go for the one goalkeeper we won’t sign – Joe Hart, who will earn more at Citeh and get his chance at the start of the season following Shay Given’s injury at the Emirates late this season.
I really get the feeling that Chesney is being groomed for the long term and he looks great. But is he in the same bracket as Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon – goalkeepers who started at big clubs at a very young age and went on to win a raft of honours?
Time will tell but as with Fabianski, putting a young player in the spotlight at such a young age – particularly a goalkeeper where every mistake is costly – could do more harm than good.
There’s an interesting piece that’s hit the Telegraph this morning as well, quoting Wenger’s determination to keep Cesc (see here).
It all looks very encouraging and the first sign that Joe Cole might be a target. I believe he could do a lot for us but will we spend the money when his fitness is in doubt or will Fat Harry sneak in and sign him.
We should have signed Krancjar when he was available last summer for about £2m and didn’t make a move so I wouldn’t be surprised if the neighbours at SHL beat us to it again despite Redknapp’s claims Cole was already signed elsewhere.
Wenger has always said he doesn’t want more than three signings a season because it breaks up the continuity of the squad – but maybe, just maybe, he needs to break a few habits this summer (including doing some business while he’s on pundit duty in SA).
He’s built his team around Cesc and nothing less than exciting signings will be enough to convince our talisman to give it one more year in North London.