After losing to lower league opposition in both domestic cup competitions, Arsenal lose patience with their young goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger appears to have lost faith in his current goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after the Poland international made yet another error against Blackburn Rovers – resulting in the Gunners’ elimination from the FA Cup.
Szczesny parried Martin Olsson’s shot straight into the path of Colin Kazim-Richards, who finished with aplomb to score the only goal of the game to knock Arsenal out.
According to the Daily Mirror, Szczesny’s mistake is the catalyst for Arsenal to plan a move for FC Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes this summer.
The Spain star has confirmed his intention to leave the club at the end of his contract in summer 2014, but could move to north London a season earlier than that.
With just a year remaining on his deal, Valdes would not cost Arsenal the earth, but the transfer would likely depend on Barca’s ability to find a replacement.
The Spanish giants are amongst the top earning clubs in football, with television rights alone bringing them over £100 million each season.
It is safe to say that they could afford to keep Valdes until his deal ended if they were not able to find a top quality goalkeeper.
Players linked with Barcelona in recent weeks have included Manchester United star David De Gea, Thibaut Courtois at Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea, and Borussia Monchengladbach youngster Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.
If they are able to land any of those, perhaps Arsenal’s pursuit of Valdes might gain a little steam, with the Mirror claiming he would make the perfect mentor for Szczesny while he develops.