Why signing Rene Adler would be a huge mistake for Arsenal

Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler has dangled a carrot in front of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Rene Adler has revealed Arsenal have twice tried to sign him and he’s looking to move to England in the future, creating speculation of a possible winter switch to the Gunners. The question is, do Arsenal need him?

Wojciech Szczesny has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League so far this season and he seems to have changed Arsene Wenger’s mind over going after a new goalkeeper, with reports of a new deal offered to the Pole earlier this week.

Szczesny’s consistency and effectiveness in all areas of his game this season suggests that if the Gunners did go after 28-year-old Adler to become their number one, it would be extremely harsh on their current first choice shot stopper.

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“When I was 15 there was the opportunity to move to Arsenal, but I decided to go to Leverkusen - There was also contact after the Under-20 World Cup in the Netherlands - I’d like to play in England in the future. You can’t say never in football,” Adler told the Metro.

Unless Szczesny picks up a bad long term injury, there really is no need to replace him.

He’s doing a lot this season to convince the doubters that he is able to perform consistently at the top level for the Gunners both in the Premier League and the Champions League.

Adler seems to have a deep interest in English football but he’s mistaken if he thinks Arsenal are going to buy him this winter and make him their new number one.

“Football in England is some kind of religion. The fans, the culture behind the big clubs is very interesting. It’s a big honour for me if a club like Arsenal are interested in me,” he added.

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What’s far more likely is that Adler will become Szczesny’s deputy, replacing Lukas Fabianski as the reserve goalkeeper at the club.

It would be a downright stupid decision for Wenger to pursue an interest in Adler with the intention of making him number one, while an offer for Szczesny is on the table.

It’s a deal which could easily have the effect of making Szczesny ignore the new contract offer, choosing to let his contract run down at the Emirates and right now that wouldn’t make many Arsenal fans very happy.

However, Arsene Wenger is not a naïve manager and he’s chosen to stick with Szczesny when he’s already had the chance to replace him. Finally this season, he’s being paid back for that faith.

What do you think Arsenal fans? What have you made of Szczesny this season?

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