When did we last have a summer without speculation that one of our players was about to leave – in search of silverware?
We had it with Vieira, then Henry and last summer it was all about Cesc!
Now of course, it’s all about Robin van Persie and it’s boring, so much so, no more posts will be about him staying or going until something is concrete from afc.com!
There is more to be thinking about than just one player, what about Theo Walcott and Alex Song – both of their contracts run out at the same time so why have no talks taken place with him yet?
Both RvP and Theo are off now to join their respective countries and won’t be back until the end of June at the earliest and then no doubt they will need a month off to rest so we will be heading towards August and the start of a new season.
All will unfold over the next couple of months no doubt but as we all keep saying, this should have been sorted out months ago.
Fabianski has been talking to Gazeta Wyborcza:
I hope that my adventure with Arsenal has come to an end, I intend to leave and play in a strong league. I wanted to leave in the winter, too, but Arsène Wenger did not give a green light.
So, with Almunia off and Fabianski on his way, will Arsene Wenger sign a keeper with experience or just keep ‘his money’ in his pocket and rely on young Martinez?
The young Argentine has impressed in the reserves this season and at just 19 years old he believes that he could be the one to take over from Fabianski. He has had two appearances on the first-team bench – against Shrewsbury and Leeds – and he is desperate to cement his place as the number 2 for his club.
“I have been training all my life and I am ready to play”.
However, surely it would be a step far to far to throw him into the squad in August, surely he needs a season, maybe more out on loan and get used to playing regular football and learning his trade elsewhere. The only way to learn at his age is by playing, sitting on our bench for the next few years will not do him or our club any good.
We need an older, wiser and far more experienced keeper in the squad, one who will push the sometimes erratic Szczesny for the number one spot, not a 19 year old rookie. He is not the solution and surely even Arsene Wenger would agree this time.
Martinez maybe tall, strong and called up for his country but that’s not enough, his day may come but not for a while….
Jussi Jääskeläinen is my choice, he is out of contract at Bolton this summer and is no longer their first choice keeper….
Snap him up I say, and with it comes our future goal keeping coach….