Arsenal, of course, signed Mesut Ozil on Transfer Deadline day - but they weren’t done there. They also snapped up Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on a loan spell for the rest of the season.
The search for a goalkeeper was on for the entire summer at The Emirates - with numerous names bandied around as potential signings.
In the end, Wenger clearly did not want to spend big on this area of the field - so a deal for Viviano made sense.
The boss even explained the simple logic behind the signing yesterday:
“He comes to the club at the top of his game. It was a very good deal for us at a good moment, I think it was a no-brainer as well,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. ”With two goalkeepers available for the Premier League and all the competitions we face, we felt we were a bit short because sometimes you have injuries and sometimes you need to rest one of the goalkeepers.’’
But one man who did not agree with that philosophy was clearly Lukasz Fabianski. He of course vented his unhappiness at the deal to Arsenal.com earlier in the week, stating:
"I want to continue to fight for my place. It was frustrating to be out due to injury, it was not the first time and I lost my place.
"For me there is too much competition (stated in relation to the arrival of the goalkeeper Viviano), I'm older and I want to play on a regular basis. I want to play more, I have been competing for years for the number one place."
Fabianski showed glimpses of his talent, and a growing maturity toward the end of last season when asked to step in for the out of form Wojciech Szczesny. But the younger Pole put in an excellent performance against Spurs recently and is the undisputed number one. Wenger claims that Fabianski remains the number two - but it will be interesting to see who is on the bench for the game with Sunderland this afternoon.
And while Wenger may consider it a ‘no-brainer’ Fabianski is certainly not so sure of that logic.
Who do you agree with? Wenger or Fabianski? Was Viviano necessary?
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