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Report: Arsenal interested in Brad Guzan

Oct 8, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

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According to MLSSoccer.com, Arsenal’s eyes have been opened by the play of American goalkeeper Brad Guzan thus far in the season.

The report doesn’t expand on the level of interest, even going as far as saying they aren’t sure if the Gunners have spoken to Aston Villa about his availability.

However, it does say that Guzan should be added to the likes of Tim Krul, Asmir Begovic, and Julio Cesar whom Arsenal have been linked with since the summer.

Wojciech Sczcesny was a man with few supporters at the Emirates this summer, but has made a strong case to retain his spot so far this season, doing his part to put Arsenal top of the table in the Barclays Premier League.

Guzan has performed admirably as well at Aston Villa, where he is currently on an 3-match unbeaten run including a win over Manchester City. Guzan and company have allowed just two goals and kept two clean sheets during that span.

At 29 years old, Guzan isn’t old for a goalkeeper, and has plenty of life left in his Premier League career.

The question remains, would Guzan – or any of the others on that list, for that matter – really be an upgrade over the 23-year-old Szczesny, who at such a young age would still have plenty of growing left to do?

The Pole has been overshadowed by the key components of the Arsenal attack, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud, this season.  He has, however, made a number of top-drawer saves to keep the Gunners on top of matches this year, despite claiming just one clean sheet.

Given the shaky state of the Arsenal defense, especially in the beginning of the season where Bacary Sagna was forced to play in the middle thanks to so many injuries to the back line, Szczesny’s performance thus far is especially impressive.

Will Arsenal take a liking to the American in the winter? Or will they stick with their current netminder, who continues to impress but can’t seemingly gain the full, everlasting trust of Gunner faithful?

  1. danielofthedale - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    I think Guzan would be an up grade right now. Szczesny is a great shot stopper and an above average distributor but he does try to get to fancy with the ball at his feet some times and is prone to the poorly time bad decision. I think Guzan is at least as good as a shot stopper and distributor and is not prone to the bad decisions that Szczesny is.

    This is the best chance that Arsenal has had at silverware in a number of years. I think Guzan would improve the odds of that and would probably be a better keep for at least the next few years. So if the opportunity is there to pick up Guzan I would hope the Gunners would.

  2. wwsiralexd - Oct 8, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Get him before City gets to him.

  3. htowngooner - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    They maybe interested in him, but would he even go? He’s a guaranteed starter at Villa after years behind Friedel and then fighting with Given, why bother going to Arsenal? Arsenal D right now is playing well, and the biggest worry isn’t so much Szczesny as it is injuries and Koscielny’s propensity to give up penalties every couple games. So he should stay put

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