Maarten Stekelenburg’s top ten saves
After the Joe Hart, Hugo Lloris, and Mark Schwarzer link ups, one does not know whether the Maarten Stekelenburg interest is anything serious.
NOTW says the Ajax and Oranje goalie is worth £4m. Which makes you wonder if that is indeed the price, then why aren’t more clubs interested? Ajax is offloading players but so far it has been Luis Suarez mentioned as most likely to leave.
Arsenal need a quality goalkeeper and even if Stekelenburg is worth much more, they should go for it. At 27 years of age, Stekelenburg has many more years left as a goalie. Having someone of his caliber as the last line of defense just inspires more confidence then all the ones we have at present.
Stekelenburg is not the only goalie linked as Andriy Arshavin seems to be selling the finer points of Arsenal and London life to good friend Igor Akinfeev, Russia’s top custodian. The CSKA Moscow goalie has said he would be seriously consider moving to Arsenal if an offer is made.
Arsenal also need one more big name central defender because Laurent Koscielny is still too green. And Wenger needs to find another quality holding midfielder for the 4-2-1-3 formation to materialize. Gary Cahill would be a nice addition at center back as Phil Jagielka is for all practical purposes, off limits. For the holding midfielder, Arsenal should renew their interest in Jeremy Toulalan, one of the few Les Bleus who showed up to play this World Cup. There was some talk of Felipe Melo but his short fuse makes him a liability.