One of the areas Arsenal are planning to strengthen this summer is the goalkeeping section owing to Wenger’s lack of confidence in the Polish duo; Szczesny and Fabianski.
Arsenal have been linked with many goalkeepers across the major leagues in Europe; Pepe Reina, Victor Valdes, Asmir Begovic, Julio Cesar, Mignolet and Alder. But it seems the Gunners’ searchlight has settled on the latter trio. Wenger dropped interest in Begovic after Stoke City slapped a 15million price tag on him. Reports at different times have linked Arsenal with the trio of Cesar, Mignolet and Alder. Goal reported that Cesar was already in discussions with Arsenal over a summer move while Mignolet was reported to have rejected a new deal at the Stadium of Light, all in a bid to secure a move. He has 2 years left on his current deal and should Sunderland refuse to sell, they might be counting their losses on their prized asset next summer if he maintains his refusal to pen a new deal. As for Alder, he seems happy about the interest but remains coy on an exit, apparently, he doesn’t want to irk the German fans. In the light of this, who should Wenger go for in his bid to solve Arsenal’s goalkeeping conundrum?
Julio Cesar and Simon Mignolet have Premier League experience which makes settlement and adaptation easier and faster. Though Cesar has just a year of Premier League football under his belt, Mignolet has more. But Cesar has more experience, having played in big competitions (UEFA Champions League and the World Cup.) He also boasts
of winning mentality having won titles at Inter before suffering the ignominy of relegation. That’s unlike Mignolet that has never won a title and never played in a major competition. Playing at Arsenal that are perpetually competing at the highest level might faze him.
Another factor worth considering are the ages of the goalkeepers. Cesar the oldest amongst them at 33. At that age, he is a short term solution and won’t pose any threat to the development of Pole, Szczesny who Wenger has touted as Arsenal’s long term number 1. There is bound to rivalry between both goalkeepers for the starting
berth but at that age, Szczesny would consider Cesar as a mentor and not a rival. That’s unlike Mignolet that is 25. He will be a long term solution and certainly stymie Szczesny’s development. The fight for starting berth could be unhealthy, akin to the Lehmann/Almunia clash.
German Rene Adler has been likened to former Arsenal legend Jens Lehmann and he boasts of huge experience though not so much at the highest level. At 28, he is a bit old but not as old as cesar. He would be a longer option than the Brazilian but so will he also hinder Szczesny’s development. There is also the issue of adaptation. He might require some time of adaptation which Arsenal might not have the luxury of giving. Just like Mignolet, he does not have a record of titles. In his professional career, he is yet to win a single title.
Arsenal are keen to break the cycle of drought at the Emirates and it’s pertinent we get more winners into the team. In this light, I will opt for Cesar. Do u have a dissenting opinion, share it in the comments.