Rob Green for Arsenal!

Just kidding.

Green and Mark Schwarzer, two ‘keepers regularly linked with a move to the Gunners, have recently shown that they are capable of some absolute howlers. It does make you wonder whether Arsene will stick with his current batch of goalies – who else out there is available and good in enough to be Arsenal No.1? It became abundantly clear last season that we desperately need a new ‘keeper. We now have a perfect opportunity to examine the best ‘keepers in the world and I can honestly say that so far nobody has won my vote. Thankfully that’s Mr Wenger’s job and not ours, and he does have a huge task on his hands.

With the World Cup taking place it seems as though everything else in the world of sport, and Arsenal, has gone into a temporary coma. In case you weren’t aware, Lewis Hamilton restored some pride in English sport today by winning the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Congratulations to him, but I can’t say it comes close to neutralising the big downer caused by yesterday’s goalkeeping calamity.

Enough about England. Arsenal-related stories are quite bare, however. A few ‘papers have linked us with a move for Steven Pienaar after Arsene revealed his admiration for the player and that he has been following his progress since his Ajax days. Make of that what you want. Barcelona continue their public tapping-up of Cesc and if you’re not already bored of it…you should be. On that note I sent a message to Sepp Blatter on twitter (yes he really is on there) asking him what FIFA were going to do about the illegalities of Barca’s attempts to lure Cesc to the Nou Camp. You won’t be surprised to hear I am yet to receive a response. These Spanish sides really do have their own set of rules (or lack of) don’t they? As Dev likes to keep his blogs clean I won’t go into some of my true thoughts about FC Barcelona at this time.

It’s still early days in the World Cup and there will be a good number of Gooners on show out there this week. Tomorrow sees the potential line up of RVP against Nik Bendtner as Holland take on Denmark, although I hear B52 is struggling with fitness. You would imagine that Alex Song will also feature in Cameroon’s game against Japan. Portugal will be soiling their pants on Tuesday at the thought of facing Ivory Coast’s answer to Jesus. We know him as Emmanuel Eboue.

On Wednesday you can watch Cesc being chased around by Xavi, Pique and Puyol who will smother him with Barcelona shirts while their Spanish teammates try to take on Switzerland, and on Thursday our strong French contingent will face Carlos Vela’s Mexico. If France’s last game is anything to go by then it could be quite the sedative. You know something isn’t right in their team when Abou Diaby is calling the shots.

Then on Friday England take on Algeria in the second group game in which promises to be a classic England meltdown the turning point in their World Cup campaign. Fingers crossed all the Arsenal lads come out injury-free. Really looking forward to that Spain game though, and of course Brazil’s game on Tuesday. The World Cup certainly helps to soothe the pain of Arsenal withdrawal. Let’s hope there are some exciting games ahead in the coming days. Have a good week.

  • andrew

    On the heels of Green’s performance, I’d suggest Tim Howard, my fellow American, for Arsenal!!

    I was watching Jurgen Klinsmann opine on the England US game, he suggested Howard was in the top 5 goal keepers in the world and that the next step for him (after a good showing in this world cup, of course) is to join one of the big clubs. Everton of course is not a top top club.

    I have no idea how long Howard’s contract runs at Everton, how much it would cost, or even if Everton would sell. (I doubt it) But, he is now in his goal keeping prime (32 I think) and has shown he can play in big pressure matches.

    Any thoughts about Timmy? He probably was the only American that was better than his English counterpart. If you go up and down the line-ups, England have more talent at every position, except keeper.

  • jat85

    Andrew, Tim Howard looks like a solid keeper and he had a good game against England. However he was given a chance to prove his worth at the top level with Man Utd. Why did that not work out for him?

    You make a good argument though – I can’t think of any shockers from him at all. Maybe you’ve got a point. Would Everton sell though?

  • Mehedi

    lets buy muller from bayern if fab leaves, ehh what do u say?

  • andrew

    Well, I think the chance he got at Man Utd. came when he was still young. The best keepers in the world tend to have come from smaller clubs where they develop the consistency needed. Even as a young keeper at Manu, he had the skill and talent but lacked that elusive calm and consistency. I think he is showing that now at Everton and of course he looked good against England. I doubt Everton would sell or even that Wenger would be willing to spend to get a keeper. I just thought it would be an interesting discussion considering the considerable difference in the performances of the American, Howard and England’s Green.

  • yemi

    i vote vincent enyeama of nigeria. wenger was linked to him a coupla seasons ago. and he won’t be expensive

  • Jeff from Fulham

    after watching germany play at the world cup id like to see arsene wenger go back in for mesut oezil. he really looked the goods against australia and would really be a massive asset to our club and if fabregas does eventually go he would be a more then adequate replacement. id like to also see manuel nueur come in as he was very solid and looked commanding between the posts for germany. i know we are supposed to be in the hunt for laurent koscielny the centre back from lorient but he seems to be a project player, i do hope he turns out like vermaelin (spelling) though. id like to see wenger go for simon kjaer from palermo as i think he would start straight away but if we couldnt get him then phillepe mexes from roma, if man city can offer $15 million for him i cant see why wenger wouldnt see that as a shrewd buy as he is a class defender and spend the money on him. if emmanuel eboue is to leave as is rumoured then the money should be used to grab gregory van der weil from ajax as he is what eboue isnt a out and out defender and a very good one at that. if we can get joe cole on a free then why not! i read on here so often people whining about having no depth to our squad and he would certainlly give us that along with the above mentioned players. id only like to see eboue, eduardo, silvestre and diaby go with gallas set to leave i wouldnt want any more to leave as it wouldnt exactly add to the squad or give us more depth shedding as many as we buy also in a perfect world a out and out winger preferably left footed would be great i like diego capel from sevilla we could get him i believe for around $12-$15 million and could really be a star in our squad.

  • Jeff from Fulham

    Yemi just read this:

    Arsenal came close to signing Enyeama
    Arsenal came close to sealing the signature of Hapoel Tel Aviv goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, according to the player’s agent.

    The 26-year-old stopper has made 47 league appearances for the Israeli outfit since joining in 2007, scoring four times from the penalty spot.

    And the Nigerian international – who has 43 caps for his country – is believed to have impressed Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger during the Super Eagles’ recent encounter with France.

    However, Enyeama’s agent Tony Martich has revealed that the glove-man’s move to the Emirates Stadium broke down after Hapoel demanded €2 million for his services, with Wenger instead opting to extend the contract of Polish stopper Lukasz Fabianski.

    “Vincent was very close to sealing a move to Arsenal, he had already agreed personal terms but Hapoel demanded €2 million and Arsenal pulled out,” Martich told the Israeli media.

    “Israeli clubs need to understand that the Ligat Ha’Al doesn’t mean much to the biggest clubs in the world.”

  • Nick

    I’d be very happy to have Tim Howard or Brad Gouzan in goal for Arsenal. Enyeama was superb for Nigeria.

    How good do Germany look! Ozil was fantastic but what can you say about Phillip Lahm? Just pure class that anyone would be lucky to have in their team.

  • Sam

    RVP played well in 2-0 victory, and he created first goal. Got subbed.

    B52 was disappointing, subbed.

    Song is not in Cameroon’s starting 11.

    Gunners aren’t making their mark on World Cup!

  • Flamez

    apart from green, were all talking about foreign keepers under FIFA’s new rules, plus with the inclusion of chamakh and prob 2 new CD’s which will no doubt both be foreign how does this affect our squad balance?

    What about Scott Loach from watford, at 22 hes a gd solid young keeper, played over 100 pro games and been capped at under 21 lvl, he shouldnt cost 2 much and looks like the only future keeper who will rival joe hart for the england no 1 shirt

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  • Gooner Get Ya

    New Zealand have got a point… Good finish for the goal . First ever point for them. Well played. I can’t wait for Friday. I predict a 3-0 England win

  • devday

    @ Gooner Get Ya:
    Two minnows of football battling out for a point, NZ did well, but it’s still Holland and Denmark for me. I’ll be going to the England game on Friday and really hope to see England bounce back. I think Barry will start with Joe Cole and Heskey and Milner will be dropped. I am desperately hoping Joe Hart will start, he could get some good experience against Algeria if he is going to be our mainstay until the final (optimisti, huh?)…

  • devday

    @ Nick:
    Germany look very good – they look very well rounded – and it’s a case of them mixing up youth, experience and desire together.

    England could have done with Ashley Young in ahead of Milner, SWP on the left (the latter two players don’t play on the left for their clubs) and also Theo really should have gone. He would have been awesome against the Americans. Agbonlahor instead of Heskey – that would have given us a similar team to Germany’s in their overall team.