by Tony Attwood
The Independent has today published a piece reviewing all the transfers made by different clubs (another web site to copy our idea), but they have gone a bit further – because they have a little note for each club headed “Still needed”.
In the case of Arsenal, “still needed” is a central defender and a back-up goalkeeper. So I thought I would have a quick look at those two categories and see if this is the case.
First off, it is obvious that we have three keepers,
- Petr Cech (GK)
- Emi Martinez (GK)
- David Ospina (GK)
each of whom is highly rated by the club and one who is seeking to stay in Italy (Wojciech Szczesny). Yet the fact that Ospina has travelled to Oz and China suggests that his much rumoured transfer to Turkey has not gone through, and is not close to going through. So we have three keepers. The fourth keeper who becomes part of the squad will be drawn from the ranks of the under 21s as is the case each year.
So yes, if Szczesny does not return and Ospina leaves we need another keeper – but just saying that we need another keeper without that caveat is not really much help.
Now lets look at our defenders list and note the ones who we expect not to be here for the season… In this context (L) means late back to training because of international whatnots.