Sunday, 20 March 2011

Bob Wilson reveals the name of the goalkeeper Arsenal tried to sign

Arsenal legend Bob Wilson has revealed the name of the player who Arsene Wenger offered "a huge amount of money" for last summer.

Wilson, part off the 1971 double winning side, said Wenger went for Liverpool's Pepe Reina to try and solve the club's goalkeeping situation.

The former Gunner and Wenger's goalkeeping coach when he first arrived in north London had hinted at the possibility of a big money signing earlier in the season.

Wenger was known to be keen on Fulham's Mark Schwarzer and Schalke 04's Manuel Neuer during last summer transfer window before deciding to start the season with Manuel Almunia.

Speaking on Rock 'N' Roll Football on Absolute Radio, Wilson said:
"He went for arguably the best goalkeeper in the country at the beginning of the season. He went for in the close season Pepe Reina.
"It didn't become known. He [Arsene Wenger] doesn't do it that way.
"He offered a huge amount of money, so he tried like mad to do that [deal]."
During the season Lukasz Fabianski became number one after Almunia injured his elbow against West Brom in Arsenal's 3-2 home defeat in September.

But the Pole then became injured himself, during the warm up against Manchester City in December and Wojciech Szczesny took the gloves for seven Premier League games.

The younger Pole was then injured in Arsenal's Champions League defeat to Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

Almunia now has the gloves again. But Wilson expect Szczesny to retain his position as Arsene Wenger's first choice when he returns from injury.

He added:
"I happen to think that Szczesny will be in Arsenal's goal for many years to come."

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