The Mirror claim that Arsene Wenger has finally lost patience with Wojciech Szczesny and will look at a number of potential targets to replace him this summer.
The Polish shot-stopper has had a disappointing season this year, and never really kicked on after a promising start to his Gunners career in the 2010/11 season. Known for being a bit of a ‘character’ off the pitch, it seems that the Pole won’t tolerate being second choice if the manager does bring in a replacement.
Fellow countryman Lukasz Fabianski played in goal in the win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday, but doubts remain over his fitness and consistency. The article mentions Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, Stoke’s Asmir Begovic and Swansea’s Michel Vorm as the main priorities on Wenger’s list.
These players have all been linked with the club before, but Wenger has never spent big money on a goalkeeper before and it’s quite a hard thing to imagine him doing, especially when he tolerated Manuel Almunia for so many years. Surely he’d show faith in Szczesny for at least one more season?
The article also mentions that Vermaelen remains a target for Barcelona this summer, and is another player Wenger would consider selling due to some poor performances this season.
It was recently suggested that the Belgian would not be sold, but would lose the captaincy to Jack Wilshere next season. I imagine we’ll hear many different versions of this story until we finally know what happens in the summer.
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