He may not have ‘Barcelona DNA’ but this Emirates Stadium youngster is apparently on Pep Guardiola’s wish-list.
As if it wasn’t enough to take away former captain and star midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, Barcelona could be poised to poach another Arsenal savior, after it emerged that Wojciech Szczesny could become a transfer target for the world champions.
Szczesny has been one of the brighter sparks in a sometimes dull Arsenal side, putting in magnificent performances against some of the Premier League’s finest including some heroics at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the week that limited the hosts to a 1-0 victory.
Although Arsene Wenger admitted that his side were out of the league title race following the loss, fans can take solace in the fact that they may have found the solution to their lingering goalkeeping issue.
Until the 2010 emergence of the Polish international, the Gunners went through a fleet of goalkeepers including Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone.
However, the trio all proved that they were all off the Champions League standard Arsenal fans have grown to expect, which is where Szczesny gladly stepped in.
The starlet will supposedly be brought in as competition for Victor Valdes, as well as the Spaniard’s long-term successor to the Barca throne.
The emergence of Wojciech Szczesny has been very timely as the Pole has risen to the fore as a number of his goal-keeping colleagues at the Emirates Stadium have dropped multiple clangers and the 20 year old has looked assured and commanding in the box and has shown maturity way beyond his years.
In goalkeeping terms the Arsenal custodian is a baby and has a bright future ahead of him and Arsene Wenger knows better than most the importance of a strong presence behind a back four and will fight off interest in the starlet from Barcelona.
Guardiola could well be looking for a back up option to keep Victor Valdes on his toes as his second string goalie is Jose Manuel Pinto, a 35 year old who has become more well known for a number of unsavoury incidents involving brawls with Real Madrid staff than his on field abilities.
Pinto has made just 11 La Liga appearances in four years and Guardiola, and many others, will have seen the quality Arsenal’s Szczesny has shown and may feel that he could be pried away from the North London side if they fail to end their silverware drought or at the very least maintain a presence in the Champions League.