Arsenal have had a pretty poor season by their usual high standards, with The Gunners looking like they could miss out on Champions League football for the first time in the Arsene Wenger era. Throughout the campaign, they’ve been leaking goals for fun and in those tight, cagey matches, it’s costing them dearly. Several bookies and betting sites are already shortening the odds of the Gunners missing out on the top four this season, for the first time in 21 seasons.
That has led to reports in Italy claiming that The Gunners could be interested in bring a new goalkeeper in, with the name Danijel Subašić of AS Monaco the latest cropping up.
Subašić, 32, is a Croatia international who has been plying his trade in France for the last five years. He’s the #1 for a supremely talented Monaco team who are still fighting it out for a Ligue 1 title, as well as a Champions League crown. However, I’m not sure he is the answer.
I’d like to take a look at Wojciech, Tomasz Szczesny, who is already on Arsenal’s books but is currently out on loan with AS Roma. The first thing worth noting is that the Pole is five years younger than Subašić, meaning he could play for the club for quite a lot longer.
The 6’5 man also knows Arsenal inside out, as he has been in their ranks for well over a decade now, having made almost 200 apperances for The Emirates club. Alright, he may not be everbody’s cup of tea, but Petr Cech will remain number one and Szczesny would only be coming in as a backup – which he is more than capable of doing to an adequate standard.
Statistically, the AS Roma loanee has been one of the best in the business this season, and he deserves plenty of credit for that. As per Squawka, Szczesny has kept an impressive fourteen clean sheets, showing just how well he has commanded his area recently.
In my opinion, it seems a bit silly to spend money on a keeper who doesn’t have that long left in him, when they actually have a better option right under their noses. The couple of years Szczesny has spent away from North London will definitely have made him a better player, and I’ve no doubts that he will come back to England stronger, and hungry to prove a point.