The last eight years at Arsenal have been a tale of constant chopping and changing. In that time period long term stalwarts such as Patrick Viera, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, and Robin Van Persie have all been moved on from North London.
The lack of stability at Arsenal has surely contributed to the trophy drought they are currently experiencing – and there looks to be yet more change at Arsenal at the end of the current season.
If newspaper reports are to be believed, Arsene Wenger will be in the market for a new Goalkeeper in the summer transfer window. Rui Patricio of Sporting Lisbon, and Barcelona’s Victor Valdes are amongst the favourites to be the new number one at the Emirates stadium.
Although Wojciech Szczesny had an incredibly promising start to his Gunners Career it seems that Arsene Wenger has lost confidence in the Polish stopper and is aiming to replace him in an attempt of at last breaking their trophy drought.
This will come as a surprise to many Arsenal fans, as it seemed that Szczesny looked set to be Arsenal’s number one for many years to come.
If Rui Patricio does make the switch to North London it would represent yet another shrewd acquisition for Arsene Wenger. Patricio is still a baby in goalkeeping terms at the age of 25, yet has already racked up over 150 appearances for Sporting and has made the Portuguese Goalkeeping jersey his own, and he is believed to be keen on a move to Arsenal.
The biggest stumbling block to any potential transfer may be the transfer fee, as at the moment the two clubs appear to be some way apart with regards to the transfer fee. The Daily Express reports that Arsenal have made a bid in the region of £8.5 Million although Sporting are holding out for a fee of over £12 Million.
If the two clubs can come to an agreement however, it is looking increasingly likely that Rui Patricio may be the clubs new number one keeper for the start of the 2013/14 season.