Sunday, 31 October 2010

Bob Wilson says Wenger offered "amazing money" for goalkeeping target

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 5 live's Sport on Five programme yesterday lunchtime.

Among the very interesting things he had to say was that Arsenal tried to buy a keeper from another Premier League team.

The ex-goalkeeping coach also categorically denied Wenger's first aim was to being in Fulham's Mark Schwarzer.

Wilson said:
"It's a very delicate thing for me to talk about... I know in this last summer, that Arsene has gone in and offered amazing money for probably what even I consider - I think Joe Hart is the man who is coming up but there is another guy who I would consider week in week out, the most consistent in the Premiership - Arsene went for him.
"Not Schwarzer, absolutely not Schwarzer no. And it's a delicate thing. He's then having to keep happy these guys who are, in case of Manuel Almunia, obviously he's had two or three seasons now of real opportunity, with Lukasz I think this is his big opportunity and Lukasz is looking over his shoulder because there is a young man coming up called Wojciech Szczesny"
Speculation online has been rife the player involved was Liverpool's Pepe Reina. However as far as I'm aware all the noise of a possible departure from Anfield were made on the players side and Arsenal had not put an offer in for the Spaniard.

After all he had signed a six year contract with the Merseyside club in April. Would Arsenal really be a club which would go out and break their record transfer fee paid for a player on signing a 28-year-old goalkeeper?  

I very much doubt it.

So who was it that Wilson was talking about? Shay Given possibly? 

I know from people inside the club an offer was made for Germany's number one Manuel Neuer but that doesn't answer the question about who this 'consistent' Premier League goalkeeper is?

The plot thickens.

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