Squillaci Deal Finally Completed / New Goalkeeper?

The worst kept secret of the week has finally been completed, and Sebastien Squillaci is now officially an Arsenal player. I’m sure you know all about him now from reading about him for the last couple of weeks, so I won’t bore you by repeating his vital statistics.

I will say one thing though, what is it with Arsene and centre-backs with difficult to spell surnames?

We had Thomas Vermaelen, which I can fortunately spell without Wikipedia anymore, and we’ve brought in Kos…  Koscielny and now Squillaci. Okay, it’s probably down to me being dyslexic but still…

It’s a welcome addition and we now have 4 quality central defenders, which can only be good. And I feel a lot more comfortable than I did last season on that front, when we had Senderos and Silvestre on our books.

So as far as I’m concerned that’s the defence sorted out. 4 central defenders, none of which are Silvestre, is great news. Now it’s only the goalkeeping situation that needs sorting out…

And no news on the Mark Schwarzer front.

I won’t get into Almunia and the argument whether he should be Arsenal’s number one. I’ve defended him enough over the last 5/6 seasons but enough is enough. He makes too many errors and the goalkeeping position is a hugely important one. In a game where confidence is king having a dodgy goalkeeper is having a major handicap.

The team on the whole has more confidence if they know the man behind the sticks is reliable.

But is the Australian the solution?

I’ve always thought he was a decent goalkeeper but I never really thought I would see him in an Arsenal shirt. Yes, he is experienced but you could say that about a lot of goalkeepers, like David James for instance. My point is Arsenal’s goalkeeping scouts aren’t exactly covering themselves in glory at the moment.

We did well to bring in Lehmann, but he was frozen out for Almunia. We really should have kept Jens a couple of more years and used that time to find a proper replacement. Now we’re stuck with 2 goalkeepers who make more errors than a Windows Vista Operating System.

Are we ever going to bring anyone good enough in? Wenger was fortunate to inherit one of the greatest goalkeepers to ever play in the Premier League, but since then we’ve missed out on players like Van Der Sar (an unbelievable bargain at £2 million).

Maybe our set-up just isn’t capable of spotting a decent keeper, because I’ve yet to be convinced about Schwarzer.


6 thoughts on “Squillaci Deal Finally Completed / New Goalkeeper?

  1. I understood the Schwarzer was dead and buried, so who will be joining us between the sticks before the end of the transfer window. We definitely need someone before we start leaking goals by the dozen when we play the likes of Man U, Man City and Chelsea

  2. welldone proff wenger. squillaci will definetly add strenght to our back line, a wellcomed signing. but my biggest problem here is the man between the sticks. will we continue to trust almunia with his lot of blunders? come on wenger sign a keeper before the close of the transfer. keep the faith gunners!!!

  3. Even if he is old but i hop he will help us much and our young boys will learn many things from him. This is good deal but how about the goalkeeper? Without buying a good goalkeeper it is very difficult to be the champions. Wenger please do something good on the back so that we could put off Mourinho words.

  4. From wat i have investigated about squilachi, i dont think he’s rated in the league of JT,vidic etc. In all d clubs he’s played for he hasnt been spectacular


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