Fabio Capello reveals Arsenal snubbed advice to sign Diego Lopez

Diego Lopez

Former England and Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello claims Arsene Wenger ignored his advice to take Diego Lopez to Arsenal.

Arsenal may be prioritising holding midfielders and defenders in the January transfer market, but issues between the sticks refuse to go away.

Jens Lehmann was a little erratic, but he was a shot-stopper worthy of succeeding the legendary David Seaman.

Whether Wojciech Szczesny will ever enjoy such a standing remains to be seen.

Issues regarding his ability to be a truly world-class goalkeeper refuse to go away, with there a feeling that he is prone to the odd costly howler.

Arsene Wenger has stuck by the Poland international for much of the last four years, though, with the 24-year-old the undoubted number one in north London.

He does now have David Ospina for competition, but he may have had another experienced performer breathing down his neck had Wenger heeded the advice of former England boss Fabio Capello back in 2011.

The Italian, during his time in charge of the Three Lions, once advised the Gunners to sign Spain international Diego Lopez – a man who left Real Madrid over the summer for AC Milan.

Capello said in The National: “I spoke with Arsene Wenger and I told him ‘buy Diego Lopez, buy Diego Lopez, because I know him very well and he is really good’.

“But it never happened. Wenger said he did not have a problem and that his keeper was good.”

Lopez was on the books at Villarreal at the time, where he enjoyed regular first-team outings.

He would appear to have been a sound acquisition at that point, with his ability carrying him above club icon Iker Casillas during a productive 18 months at Santiago Bernabeu.

Arsenal, though, have opted to put their faith in Szczesny and he is still young enough to iron out any creases in his game and become a long-serving stalwart at Emirates Stadium.

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