Arsenal

This One Could Be For …’Keeps’

The position of ‘keeper has been a perennial problem for Arsene Wegner and Arsenal. After David Seaman retired there has been a severe shortage of a regular pair of safe hands for the Gunner’s. Jens Lehman was either inspired or sent off, Manuel Almunia looks shaky to often and hardly instills his defense with confidence and the less said about Richard Wright the better.

Maybe bringing in Diego Lopez from Villareal would put an end to the sucession of mediocre keepers that have held on to the number 1 jersey in North London.

The imposing 6’5 Spaniard impressed enough last year to play in an international friendly for his country, not an accolade by normal standards but given that Victor Valdes has never received a competitive cap and Pepe Reina is 3rd choice it is a barometer of a good season. With 10 clean sheets and 112 saves to his name it is clear that the former Real Madrid man is a tidy operator. It is shocking that in all these years Arsenal have not invested in someone of his ilk. At 28 he is in his prime and, with goalkeeping careers steadily lengthening, would represent a sound investment.

Lopez it would seem is available after recent remarks from manager Juan Carlos Garrido that The Yellow Submarine would have to listen to reasonable offers for their top players to ease economic instability. Garrido’s desire to implement a pragmatic policy at the Madrigal may well benefit Arsene Wegner at the Emirates.

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