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Arsenal Transfer News: Pepe Reina Not the Answer for Gunners at Goalkeeper

NORWICH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Pepe Reina of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on September 29, 2012 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Mike HoagCorrespondent IIDecember 15, 2012

Arsenal is reportedly all-in on acquiring Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, according to John Cross of The Mirror.

Arsene Wenger’s side has been linked to the keeper recently after Liverpool expressed interest in Jack Butland. Despite that interest, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers said Reina is not for sale, according to BBC Sports on Dec. 5:

We have been linked with lots of goalkeepers. I have two very good goalkeepers - Pepe Reina and Brad Jones, who is a very loyal and capable number two. Any areas we look to improve will be elsewhere.

Rodgers could be serious. Liverpool rejected a £20 million offer from the Gunners to attain the keeper back in 2010, according to Dan King of The Sun. But, at the end of the day, if the offer is right and Rodgers thinks he can make a move to replace Reina for a smaller paycheck, he might roll the dice and make the move.

On the surface, bringing the veteran to the Emirates could be a good move. But is Reina the guy Wenger believes will best shore up the net and improve what he already has in Wojciech Szczesny?

Two years ago when the Gunners tried reeling him in, maybe.

But now? Reina, 30, will come cheaper than he would have in 2010 when Arsenal tried throwing the bank at him.

The question you have to ask is whether or not a short-term veteran between the pipes is the best scenario for the Gunners. Szczesny and Vito Mannone, both youngsters with potential, have seen time in front of the net for Arsenal this season.

Could Wenger justify paying a hefty price for Reina while he has two promising keepers waiting in the wings? There are certainly other more pressing issues on his side than the keeper.

Arsenal’s struggles haven’t spurred from unreasonable struggles behind the net. It has been scoring that has eluded the Gunners this season.

Plus, it’s not even a sure thing that Reina would be much of an upgrade over the Gunners’ younger talents.

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