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Arsenal target Stekelenburg unhappy at Roma

ESPN reports that Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is unhappy with his current role at the Serie A club, having been inexplicably relegated to the bench by manager Luis Enrique.

The Dutch number one impressed initially at Roma, having been highly-rated in his Ajax days as well, but is now seemingly open to a move away if he is to get some regular first-team football.

Arsenal have been mentioned as being interested before, and Fulham are also apparently keen. It is not yet clear how strong their interest is, but he is definitely unhappy and that could force a move.

He said:

“The last game I played before the Coppa Italia semi-final was on December 11 against Atalanta. That’s six weeks, which is a lot to deal with. I had an injury, but then Goicoechea took my place.

“Why did Zeman lose faith in me? I don’t know, we never spoke about it and there is nothing I can do to change this situation. I thought it totally pointless buying Goicoechea, considering we already had Bogdan Lobont in the squad. What was the need for a third goalkeeper? I want to play, not stay on the bench.”

Not long left in the transfer window now, and I guess I don’t really believe Arsene Wenger will prioritise a goalkeeper at the moment. Wojciech Szczesny deserves more of a chance after struggling with injuries, and Vito Mannone is a capable backup, though he himself has been linked with Napoli. If that happened, maybe it would help push through a move for Stekelenburg.

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