Arsenal are severely short in the goalkeeping department having lost two goalkeepers. While Emiliano Viviano returned to his parent club after his season long loan ended at the end of the just concluded season, Fabianksi joined fellow Premier League outfit Swansea as a free agent from Arsenal after his FA Cup heroics saw Arsenal end their protracted trophy drought with a FA Cup triumph.
The exit of Viviano didn’t come as a surprise but that of Fabianski was a big one as according to reports, Arsenal tried everything within their power to convince the Pole to sign an extension, starting the last league game of the season and the FA Cup final was part of the ploy to achieve that but he declined and rebuffed all overtures. Now that Arsenal are in the market for a shot stopper, Wenger is looking for a goalkeeper that will not just be contended been back-up to Szczesny but one that will be ready to push the Pole all the way in a healthy rivalry for the number 1 spot. Recent reports have it that Arsenal had a bid for Cardiff’s David Marshall rejected while the Gunners continue to be linked with a move for Real Madrid’s Spanish captain Iker Casillas.
While those names been bandied around seem good enough but it is also worth the while to consider another viable option in Nigerian international Vincent Enyeama. The Nigerian is vastly experienced and has always thrived in all the leagues he has been to. He won the best goalkeeper award in France in the just concluded season and was one of the goalkeepers with the highest number of clean sheets in the top European Leagues. All these are a pointer to one fact which is the Nigerian is worth been considered.
According to reports, Cardiff despite their relegated state, rejected a sizable bid of 6million Pounds from Arsenal for Marshall and Casillas would not arrive on the cheap in terms of transfer fee and wages especially after he seemed to have regained his place as Madrid’s number 1. Considering all these means Enyeama is certainly a chance worth taking. He would be cheaper compared with the other options and have as much experience as some of them. Enyeama having plied his trade in Israel and France, would love to take the giant lip to the Premier League and a club like Arsenal offers that lure. At Arsenal, he gets to play Champions League football while he can also displace Szczesny as the club’s number 1 or at least the Poland international run for his money.
Enyeama might have his weakness which bores down to his height which makes him vulnerable in set-pieces, so does Casillas but that doesn’t take anything away from his ability. He is a fantastic shot-stopper and can also provide that odd goal when needed. In the event of penalties and you have players shying away from that responsibility, Enyeama is one player you can thump your chest would tuck his own home.
Moving for Enyeama could also help sour Arsenal’s popularity in Nigeria. Since Kanu left the Gunners in 2004, Arsenal are yet to have another Nigerian in their first team. Enyeama is a popular figure amongst Nigerian football fans as he is the captain of the Super Eagles. Bringing him to the Emirates would increase Arsenal’s share market and fan base in Nigeria. A keen look at Nigerians would see most of the fans supporting Chelsea because of the presence of Mikel in the team, Arsenal can share the spoils by having Enyeama in their ranks too.