Why Arsenal must resist spending millions on a goalkeeper


Arsenal shouldn’t become over prioritised with finding a new goalkeeper ahead of next season.

Anyone who follows football news will accept that it’s fairly common knowledge now that the Gunners are apparently looking for a new goalkeeper, which doesn’t have to be their main priority this summer.

Arsenal need to improve in several areas and initially they should have faith in Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski to do an efficient job between the goalposts while Arsene Wenger improves other areas of the team.

It wouldn’t be pointless for them to go after a new goalkeeper, it’s just not the most pressing concern. Considering Wenger’s reluctance to spend big in any transfer market since he took over at Arsenal, it could also be viewed as wasted funds.

Three of the main goalkeepers Arsenal have been linked with are Pepe Reina of Liverpool, Asmir Begovic of Stoke city and Iker Casillas of Real Madrid.

Any of those players would be expensive because they are all top quality professionals, very important to their current clubs.

It just doesn’t seem logical that Wenger would spend well over £20 million on someone like Casillas, when it’s a goalkeeper being talked about and not a star defender, midfielder or striker.

Arsenal have cash in the bank but Wenger could still be very shrewd when it comes to his signing so he may prefer to use the cash the club would have spent on a goalkeeper, to get another star player in instead.

If retaining Szczesny and giving him another chance means Arsenal then have the funds to put into signing someone like Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund, then which Arsenal fan is going to argue against that?

The same sources producing various goalkeeper rumours have also suggested that the Gunners are in the market for wide players as well as another striker to come in and provide attacking support.

These are areas that will have more of an instant impact on the results of the side through the creation of chances and the scoring of goals.

All of the goalkeepers currently at the club are players that Wenger seems to have faith in so it seems a little bizarre as to why he would choose to address this area, just because not one of the goalkeepers he’s used this season has been able to show any consistency.

If he started replacing players in other positions just because they weren’t showing consistency, in a single season, then there would be uproar from Arsenal fans and demands to know what the hell is going on.

It’s a concern because there have been mistakes from goalkeepers this season, which have cost goals but then David De Gea has made mistakes at Manchester United in similar fashion yet he’s not going to be axed.

A little bit of common sense is needed here and some realism in the respect that because Wenger’s rarely spent big on players before, he’s unlikely to do so for a goalkeeper.

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