It has never been so obvious to Mr. Wenger that he is in desperate need of some reinforcements in defence. After the Carling cup debacle between Szczesny and Koscielny where basic interaction would have prevented embarrassment, it’s never been more conspicuous as to why Arsenal is becoming trophy-shy.
Liverpool’s poor form this season was inevitably going to lead to speculation over their more accomplished players’ futures. None more so than their goalkeeper Pepe Reina who has reiterated recently that he is not willing to go without European Football for too long. In a perverse way losing the Carling Cup to Birmingham has made the move seem more likely due to the fact that a Gunners win would have seen 6th place qualify for the Europa League.
Arsenal should make a move for the 28 year old and stake their interest as early as possible. This would at least force Liverpool’s hands with reports indicating that they are drawing up a £100,000+ a week contract in order to tempt their shot-stopper to remain at Anfield.
Liverpool continues to limp through the season as the fall out to the brief revival has set in after poor performances against Wigan and West Ham. With Liverpool a game ahead of Chelsea and facing tricky fixtures against Man United, Man City as well as a daunting trip up to Sunderland this month; Reina’s future could seem much clearer by the end of March.
Whilst Reina would not be overtly pleased to leave Merseyside he knows that he needs Champions League football to enhance any chances he has of adding to his caps for Spain. It would be disrespectful of Liverpool if, favouring a move, he chose to stay in order to bleed the club for more superfluous earnings.
Arsenal will face competition from Manchester United but the rivalry should demand that if any deal is done it will be between Liverpool and Arsenal.The club will be wary of the fact that the sale of one of the best goalkeepers in the game to one of their most bitter rivals would stick in most fans’ throats.
Chelsea and Spurs do not need a goalkeeper leaving Arsenal the most obvious destination by order of elimination. There is, of course, the threat of a foreign side tempting Liverpool to make sure that he can’t help one of their rivals to League glory but Reina is keen to stay in England.
If Wenger does manage to clinch the Spaniard it would be a signing that could see Arsenal finally add to their malnourished trophy cabinet. He is a keeper that has awesome distribution – something that would fit in well with Arsenal’s fast, attacking football – brilliant reflexes and nowhere near as prone to errors as the keepers already at Arsenal’s disposal.
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