Mickael Landreau: Is He the Experienced Keeper Arsene Wenger Seeks?
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Arsenal's questions at goalkeeper have been swirling for several years. While Wojciech Szczesny currently holds the Gunners' number one, he has not fully sold himself to everyone as the man between the sticks.
What Szczesny has going for him is youth and talent. It is easy to see why Arsenal has been very high on the young goalkeeper for quite some time, but his inconsistent displays have Gunner fans pining for other options. A more experienced keeper to help Szczesny grow would be a welcome addition.
Such an option may have been gifted Arsenal as Mickael Landreau reached a mutual termination of his contract with Lille. Landreau is not a household name to most, but he does boast a solid resume.
Landreau is a solid positional keeper who has good command over the box. He has won a Ligue 1 title with Lille, and has amassed over 500 appearances in his career. Landreau has also been capped 11 times for France.
At 33 years old, Landreau is still in his prime years for a keeper. His experience will allow him to mentor Szczesny while his ability is still strong enough for him to be a long term contributor when called upon. Landreau's familiarity with the current Arsenal French contingent will allow him to adjust quickly to life in London.
With Landreau's sudden availability as a free agent, Arsene Wenger has a golden opportunity to make an upgrade to his roster without shelling out any transfer fee. Wenger can shore up one of his team's weak points while not creating a long term battle at the position.
The one concern Arsenal fans will surely have is the reason for his contract termination. FIFA.com is reporting that tension between Landreau and management had been building leading to Landreau's request to terminate his contract. FIFA.com also reported management was unhappy with Landreau being outspoken in the locker room and to the media.
While discontentment is not a desired quality to bring into the locker room, the change of scenery should help put that to rest. Perhaps his outspoken nature could benefit Arsenal, as teams need a voice from within that is not afraid to call out mates for not putting in the proper effort.
Whether Landreau will be a piece to help Arsenal move up the table will be up to Wenger. With what the French goalkeeper brings to the table, it is something Arsene Wenger should be considering.
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