How Liverpool’s under-21 side could have forced out Pepe Reina

Liverpool’s 3-2 victory against Arsenal at Under-21 level could trigger the Gunners into seriously going after Pepe Reina.

The reason for that is the poor display of Arsenal shot stopper Wojciech Szczesny during that match as he produced an unconvincing display as he conceded three goals over the 90 minutes.

The Polish goalkeeper has been out of the Arsenal side recently and there have been big doubts over whether he can win back his starting place in the senior side, which may prevent the club from needing to go after another goalkeeper this summer.

The one thing Arsenal need from their number one is a level of reliability and consistency which means Arsene Wenger doesn’t have to think about the best player to pick in that position, it should just be an automatic selection.

Wenger has defended not playing Szczesny for over a month as a simple matter of rotation, following criticism from the player’s Dad that he was being made an example of because of some poor results so far this year.

The fact that no Arsenal goalkeeper at the moment seems to be able to put together any sort of consistency means Arsene Wenger’s hand may be forced and Pepe Reina is one of the more realistic targets the club can go after.

He’s a much more realistic target than the news which broke yesterday suggesting that Arsenal would spend well over £20 million to sign Iker Casillas from Real Madrid on a long term deal.

Reina is already based in England and although he’s said he’s happy with life under Brendan Rodgers, he could be tempted into a move away from the club, especially if Arsenal finish in the Champions League places.

That is something which would give him the opportunity to perform on the biggest stage in European football, which will improve his chances of securing the Spanish number one slot ahead of Victor Valdes or Casillas.

He’d also be a perfect goalkeeper for the Gunners because of the way he commands any defence which is in front of him, significant because Arsenal’s back four has cracked at time this season under heavy pressure e.g. away at Tottenham Hotspur.

It just seems like an odds on bet that Arsenal are going to sign a goalkeeper and they may as well, at the very least, enquire about Reina’s availability because if Liverpool say he could go for the right deal, the Gunners could pull it off.

It’s not a question of money, it’s a question of how much faith Reina has in Rodgers and his ability to get Liverpool back into the top four. At 30-years-old, he may not have too many more opportunities to play regular European football as well as competing for silverware.

Will it happen? What do you think?

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