Would Arsene Wenger really be looking to bring Ali Al-Habsi to the Emirates Stadium?
LATICS goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has emerged as a potential transfer target for title contenders Arsenal.
Al Habsi has been superb all season for Wigan this season and has gone on record saying he is extremely happy at the club.
But the Oman international is only on a season long loan from rivals Bolton and while Latics fans will be hoping he will join on a permanent deal next season, should the club get relegated, it is likely Arsenal would be one of many who will chase his signature.
The current crop of ‘keepers at the North London club have come under immense scrutiny this year with Lukasz Fabianski failing to impress and the returning Jens Lehmann embarrassing himself with a string of gaffes when the Arsenal reserves travelled to Robin Park last week.
Al Habsi also benefits from becoming a British citizen later this year, which means he will no longer need a work permit and is hugely important when counting against Premier League and European quotas.
SOURCE: Wigan Today
This would be one hell of a surprise move by Arsene Wenger and one that makes very little sense. 29 year old Ali Al-Habsi is average at best and shockingly unreliable at worst. Having spent five years trying to get a game at Bolton, the Oman international was loaned out to Wigan where he has done okay but not spectacularly.
Arsenal clearly have some goalkeeping issues to resolve with Manuel Almunia dropping far too many clangers and the likes Lukasz Fabianski looking improved but not first choice material and Wojciech Szcz?sny
perhaps being too young to be a regular starter.
Al-Habsi has had a couple of decent games but that does not overshadow his overall record at the DW Stadium this season conceding 40 goals in 27 Premier League starts and just one clean sheet in his last 15 matches is hardly the kind of form that gets a player a high profile move.