Could Stoke City's Thomas Sorensen Be the Answer to Arsenal's Keeping Woes?
After slumping to a 2-1 defeat to arch rivals Tottenham, Arsenal aspirations of adding silverware to their trophy case for the first time in five years is in serious doubt. After being knocked out of the League Cup, FA Cup, and Champions League, the Gunners were left with the Premiership as there last resort for a trophy.
Sadly Arsene Wenger and his men were unable to contain an in-form Tottenham, succumbing to their first league defeat against their arch rivals in over 10 years. Although Arsenal were under heavy stress due to a calamitous amount of injuries which enabled Tottenham to have more of a chance.
But the lack of trophy will ensure Arsenal and fans alike will be eager for Wenger to rebuild and conjure up a squad capable of fulfilling fans desires. One particular problem that the footballing world has felt Wenger has neglected at the Emirates, is the goal keeper role.
Since the departure of Jens Lehman in 2008, the Frenchman declined the opportunity to pursue a world class keeper and opted to promoted Manuel Almunia to first choice keeper. The Spaniard spent a number of seasons playing as Lehman's deputy. The 32-year-old received chances in most cup matches performing credibly. Then when Lehman's form dipped the former Celtico Vigo shot stopper received his chance.
But sadly Almunia rise at the top has not been a happy or enjoyable. The Spanish keeper is talented and has shown glimpses of world class attributes but many believe he is not of the quality to be a dominant keeper at a club like Arsenal.
Almunia has a tendency to make vital errors especially in big games. Almunia also lacks consistency and positioning. Furthermore the Pamplona born keeper also struggles off set pieces.
Almunia's mistakes have increasingly frustrated Arsenal fans this season. So much that many supporters have demanded his departure or demotion immediately at the seasons end. But Wenger neglect of the keeper role has ensured Arsenal lack sufficient back up.
Second choice keeper Lukasz Fabianski is also error-prone, especially with low balls. Although the Polish keeper is still gaining experience he has not proved he is capable of fulfilling the dominant role for Arsenal.
So with the summer transfer window not too long away and Arsene Wenger unlikely to win some silverware. The Frenchman should turn his attention to keepers capable of performing for the Gunners.
One name that springs to mind is Stoke City's Thomas Sorensen. The Danish keeper has been a strong presence in the Stoke goal and it is one of the main reason the Potters are still performing in the Premier League.
Sorensen has proved he can be a quality keeper especially in the Premier League. Apart from being a stunning penalty stopper, the 33-year-old is big and blessed with excellent reflexes. The former Aston Villa keeper rarely concedes errors and boasts natural leadership skills.
It wouldn't hurt for Wenger to attempt to sign the imposing Dane and with Arsenal in need of some keeping chances, why not for Thomas Sorensen?
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