It’s a well-known fact that Arsenal were on the lookout to improve their squad in the goalkeeping area this summer, with several big name players such as Iker Casillas, Federico Marchetti and Rene Adler. In the end Arsenal brought in the loan signing of Emiliano Viviano from Serie B side Palermo and although he isn’t on the same level as any of those mentioned before, he is certainly still a good goalkeeper. One goalkeeper we were linked to that isn’t perhaps quite up to scratch is Barcelona’s Victor Valdes, who will leave the Camp Nou this summer. He is arguably one of the world’s most error prone goalkeepers, but is his fellow countryman Pepe Reina on the same scale?
As the Emirates Cup has finally arrived, I’m not sure what fans of Arsenal expect from this pre-season tournament. Being so close to the Premier League season now it almost doesn’t feel like pre-season anymore, but these games definitely are friendlies and it gives us another chance to display what we have on offer in terms of options and players.
Arsenal target Julio Cesar has been told that he must accept a pay cut if he wants to join The Gunners this summer. Italian side Napoli told him the same thing and Cesar later revealed that was why he declined their offer of a season long loan back in Italy. Napoli then turned to Liverpool’s Pepe Reina who has signed on with the Italian club for the season.
Arsenal have been interested in Julio Cesar since QPR’s relegation was confirmed months ago. QPR boss Harry Redknapp has said several times that Cesar will definitely not be a QPR player for the coming season as they look to secure promotion from the Championship back into the Premier League, but he may not have any choice in the matter.
Sky Sports News are today reporting confirmation of what has been speculated over the last few days, that Arsenal target Julio Cesar is on ‘the brink of a move to Napoli’.
Arsenal have been on the lookout to strengthen their goalkeeping options after it was suggested that Szczesny is one of the weaknesses in the current Arsenal team. I strongly disagree with this and although I recognise where people are coming from, I think he is a good goalkeeper that could still potentially become one of the world’s best.
It seemed like Julio Cesar to Arsenal was a certain deal for weeks but now Roma are apparently turning to him in their search for a new goalkeeper and Cesar is keen on a move back to Italy. It would be nice to have Cesar at the club but would it really be the end of the world for Arsenal if he didn’t come?
Many Arsenal fans wanted Cesar to be rotated with Szczesny in the team while tutoring the Pole to help turn him into a world class goalkeeper. Cesar’s experience of playing at major tournaments and winning the Champions League certainly makes him one of the great keepers of the last few years and he would most likely have a good effect on Szczesny if he came to the club.
We all know that QPR’s Julio Cesar seemed almost certain to join Arsenal after QPR confirmed that he would leave the club and Cesar said that he wants to stay in London. It was pretty much a done deal because no other London clubs in the Premier League really need a new keeper other than Crystal Palace. But today it seems that Roma are intent on taking Cesar back to Italy to replace their outgoing Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg who has sealed a move to London club, Fulham.
My point is, if Cesar moves to Roma and out of Arsenal’s hands, should Arsene Wenger look to Liverpool’s Pepe Reina?
After the horror scenes Mikel Arteta provided on Saturday when he was pulled out of the pitch unconscious after a bad attack by Henderson, the Spaniard offered a very emotional interview saying that he has been touched by the way everybody at Liverpool and Arsenal alike joined hands to support him through the horrible period.
“I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their help and friendship towards me on Saturday,”
“After my accident on the pitch, the Arsenal medical staff did a great job, together with everyone at Liverpool Football Club.