DONE DEAL! Arsenal complete transfer of Colombia keeper Ospina

We all know that Arsene Wenger likes to keep the Arsenal transfer business firmly under wraps until the deal is done and ready to be announced. You can’t blame him because things can change at the last minute and you end up with egg on your face.

So to hear the Prof say on Saturday, in a report on Arsenal.com after the first pre-season game against Boreham Wood, that he would definitely be signing a new keeper this summer, says to me that he is close to sealing the deal for a stopper to replace Lukasz Fabianski. It might seem a bit thin, but Wenger refused to be drawn on which other positions would be strengthened.

Should Arsenal go for Mexico’s Ochoa or Colombia’s Ospina?

I wonder if the current Arsenal number one has been watching the World Cup closely, with a special eye on the keepers to see what sort of competition he could be facing next season. Because Arsene Wenger will certainly be bringing someone in and if we have any ambition whatsoever, they are going to have to be good.

To be fair to Wojciech Szczesny, he really stepped up to the mark when Lukasz Fabianski found some form and started pushing him for his place in the Arsenal starting line-up, but that just increases the likelihood of Wenger going for a real quality keeper rather than just a stand-in.

Arsenal transfer rumours – Aurier, Rami and Fabianski

As the end of season approaches there are lots of Arsenal rumours flying around the web, and according to reports Wenger may well have a few deals wrapped up before the World Cup, despite his statement to the contrary.

First up Tutto Mercato Web report the Gunners have already agreed a five-year-deal with the 21 year-old right-back Serge Aurier as a replacement for the outgoing Bacary Sagna. the 21 year-old Toulouse defender has long been touted as an Arsenal target but now the Italians are reporting it as a done deal…..

Wenger vows to leave Arsenal – but not yet!

Arsene Wenger is going to begin his 18th season as the manager of Arsenal in August, ending months of will-he-won’t-He speculation. According to the Frenchman, there was never any doubt, at least not in his mind, but there must have been some reason for the delay, as the offer has been on the table from the club for some time.

Wenger has often said that he would not want to stay in charge if he thought he was not the right man for the job, so the fall from the top of the table and the criticism from the media and his own fans has perhaps been playing on his mind.

Have Arsenal made a mistake with Fabianski?

In a subject that has received little recognition apart from the occasional article; I think Fabianski has proved on a number of occasions this season exactly why Arsenal have made a mistake by not getting the Polish international to commit his future with the club.

Fabianski is out of contract this summer and he has already announced that the club has not convinced him to stay and that he will instead move on for greater opportunities. The move which will end his seven year association with the club will see what I think a great back up option move away from the Emirates on the back of a poor decision. Fabianski outlined success, playing time and a new desire as the reasons for his decision for a different footballing opportunity and although I am disappointed that he will be leaving, in the same instance I cannot uphold his decision as being the wrong one.

Arsenal transfer news – Fabianski out, could Lloris come in?

It was not too long ago that I made a review on Lukasz Fabianksi’s position at Arsenal and in that I stated that there were initial rumours going around that he would be looking to move on at the end of the season. But now it can be confirmed that he will be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season. And now Olivier Giroud has dropped a hint that Tottenham keeper Hugo lloris, who is a good friend of his, would like to join Arsenal in the summer.

Fabianski wants his Arsenal place back – will he get it?

Lukas Fabianski has had a very up and down career at Arsenal, having signed from Legia Warsaw back in 2007. He has spent several seasons with Arsenal mainly featuring on the bench however he certainly has had his chances from time to time and on many occasions he has actually taken his chance but unfortunately for him, Wenger never sticks with him as soon as our first choice returns.

Fabianski has been second choice to Manuel Almunia (somehow) and fellow international team mate Wojciech Szczesny, and although I don’t quite understand how we managed to prefer Almunia to Fabianski, I do understand why Wenger continues to choose Szczesny over Fabianski, despite neither being the greatest of goalkeepers.

Arsenal complete 3rd signing of the summer….who’s next?

Arsenal have had their third summer signing confirmed, with the reported loan deal for Italian goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano now concluded and made official! Before there was official word from Arsenal on the deal, Viviano’s parent club, Palermo, made it very clear that the goalkeeper has left for the Emirates.

The news may only be in Italian so far, but the terms and conditions of the loan deal are being widely reported on social networking site Twitter, with several reliable sources stating that the deal has a 1 million euro transfer fee to take the Italian to Arsenal, whilst a fee ranging between 5/6 million euros is mentioned as the price tag that can be met to purchase the player at the end of the loan deal.

Arsenal boss very pleased with Szczesny response

Wojciech Szczesny has had a difficult season at Arsenal, there are no two ways about it. In fact, it all started at Euro 2012 when he conceded a penalty and was sent off in the first game for Poland. He didn’t play again, which must have been a nightmare, especially as Poland were hosts.

The 23-year old also cost Arsenal some vital Premier League points, but his worst moment must have been allowing Blackburn to score, essentially ending our trophy dreams for another year. The last straw for Wenger came in the north London derby and he was dropped after that. His dad’s anti-Wenger and Arsenal rant did not help, but Szczesny has taken it all board and come back fighting.