After the bossman exit of second choice goalie Lukasz Fabianski, Arsenal is in the market for a replacement. The Gunners has been linked with quite a number of goalkeepers both in England and across Europe. Also, Arsenal have also been linked with move for Mexico goalkeeper Ochua who was brilliant at the World Cup.
Latest news has it that the Gunners are now considering a move for Newcasle Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul. If the report in the media has any iota of truth, it is great news for Arsenal. Krul is young and a very good goalkeeper. Unlike the other goalkeeping targets, Krul already has ample Premier League experience that would come in handy for him if he moves to Arsenal. Wenger can expect him to hit the ground running and that is crucial. The other targets will need time to adapt to life in the Premier League and that could be risky.
With Fabianski and Viviano gone, Szczesny is Arsenal’s only senior goalkeeper and should the Pole suffer any injury, the Gunners could have to turn to rookie goalkeeper Damian Martinez. Szczesny is a very talented goalkeeper but to get the best out of him, he needs kept on his toes and it takes good competition from a top goalkeeper to achieve that. Krul with his heroics at Newcastle looks capable to give the Pole a huge fight for the club’s number 1.
Certainly, Newcastle would loathe losing another top player to Arsenal after Debuchy who is on the verge of joining Arsenal but the Gunners could convince Krul to make the switch to the Emirates. A move to Arsenal would be a huge leap forward for Krul as it would avail him the opportunity to play Champions League football next season. After his cameo showing for Holland at the World Cup, he would want to follow it up with Champions League football.
Arsenal would have to spend big to get their man and that might be the only hurdle Wenger could be unwilling to cross. The report touts a fee in the region of 12million pounds as the fee that the Gunners might have to fork out. Should Wenger pay it? He might just be solving the goalkeeping conundrum once and for all. Szczesny and Krul competing for the club’s number one is a battle that would leave Arsenal as the real winner.