The Gunners are in the best position to sign the Spaniard at the end of the current season.
Victor Valdes is showing no signs of going back on his decision to leave Barcelona at the end of the season.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are all among the teams that have been linked with moves for the experienced Spaniard but it’s most significant for the Gunners to sign the current Barcelona number one.
Don’t believe the reports that Chelsea and Manchester City will seriously consider moves because Chelsea have Petr Cech backed up by Thibaut Courtois while City have one of the best English goalkeepers in recent memory in the form of Joe Hart.
No disrespect to Wojciech Szczesny but he’s not one of the elite goalkeepers playing club football in Europe at the moment so to begin with, there is a clear chance for Arsene Wenger to improve his side.
That’s significant considering one of his main themes with his transfer business since he’s been at the club, is that he won’t make signings for the sake of doing so and will only go after players if he thinks they can improve the side.
Valdes would certainly increase the quality within the goalkeepers in Arsenal’s squad as well as adding an experienced individual who can organise the back four, and the defensive midfield positions from his own penalty area.
It’s a signing that would force opposition sides to come up with a plan B because the goalkeeper is a position that some teams in the Premier League target at the moment when they come up against Arsenal.
Valdes’ ability to be consistent and show confidence in all areas of his game comes from the fact Barcelona have been such a good team for such a long period of time.
He should feel very comfortable at Arsenal, hence preserving that confidence, because the Gunners base a lot of their game around the same methods as the Spanish champions; ball retention, pressure, control and simple pass and move football.
It’s also important Arsenal get him because of how it ties in with the signing of Mesut Ozil and the impact it could have on future transfers.
Having Valdes and Ozil holding down two of the key positions in the Arsenal side would be a real statement of strength and intent on the part of Wenger and the football club.
It could make it far easier for Wenger to approach other high profile players, contracted to clubs or free agents, and convince them to sign for the Gunners because of the fact there are already high profile stars in the squad.
If further big signings follow, that can only increase the quality of Arsenal’s team, the squad, the youngsters coming through the youth ranks and the club’s chances of success.
What do you think? Do Arsenal need Valdes?
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