Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has refused to rule out the possibility of leaving the club in the future.
Neuer was a main component in the Bayern side which completed the treble last season and he’s already admitted he could be tempted into a new challenge in the near future.
He seems like a great candidate for the Arsenal number one position which raises the question over whether the Gunners should stick with the ‘keepers they have in the hope of trying to sign Neuer when he gets bored of winning things with Bayern Munich.
“I obviously don't know what will happen in the future. Things can go pretty quick in football. I can all of a sudden reach the moment where I need a new challenge,” he told German newspaper Bild.
Any move by the Gunners this summer would be pointless because he’s made it quite clear he’s not thinking of jumping ship before Pep Guardiola has had a chance to shape the club’s future.
He will also see the challenge of Bayern defending their recent dominance in German and European football as a reason to stay put, alongside his position as Germany’s number one.
The goalkeeper has been a position at Arsenal which has been debated by fans and media workers alike possibly more than any other spot in the current squad.
Arsenal still have the same three goalkeepers in their squad who all played a part over the course of last season, with not one of them able to nail down the number one role.
Lukasz Fabianski’s late season return to form has just escalated the confusion altogether though the rumours suggesting Arsenal are ready to go after several high profile ‘keepers seem to have subsided.
If Neuer waits another two to three seasons, roughly the length of Guardiola’s first contract with Bayern Munich, he’ll be 30-years-old and about to enter the final chunk of his career.
That would mean a move to Arsenal would be the last one he would likely make, taking him into his mid to late 30s as an Arsenal player, providing he’s run out of challenges to face in Germany.
It seems to contradict the way Arsene Wenger has built his sides at Arsenal to suggest that he would wait so long to sign a player past his best and someone who may only be able to play in one or two generations of Arsenal teams.
However, Edwin van der Sar at Manchester United is the perfect example of how successful and important an older goalkeeper can be at a club, regardless of the stage of his career which he joins them.
It’s a big risk for Arsenal to take.
Do you think they’ll take it? Do Szczesny, Fabianski and Mannone deserve a chance?
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