Arsenal's biggest weakness is their defense. Very little was done to improve their defense and the most worrying factor is that Arsenal do not have a genuine No 1. goal keeper. Almunia and Fabianski have been given chances but both look shaky.
Arsenal have been linked to many decent goalkeepers but no deal has been done yet. The latest rumors have Arsenal lining up for Manchester City's backup goalkeeper, Shay Given.
Shay is a very good player but unfortunately Joe Hart seems to have won the job in City.
It makes good sense for Manchester City to sell or loan Shay Given, but not to Arsenal. It is in City's vested interest that they do not sell their keeper to Arsenal. Out of the top four only Spurs and Arsenal look shaky enough to be pushed out.
Arsenal have been considered weak far too often but they have shown their strength and resolve to stay in the "top four". This year City have strengthened significantly while Arsenal's defense just became worse. The loss of Gallas and Sol may be bad, but the presence of Silvestre just makes their defense worse. It will be interesting to see how far Arsenal can go in the league with this defense.
The Community Shield between Manchester United and Chelsea gave an idea of the importance of having a solid shot blocker like Van Der Sar versus an average goalkeeper like Hilario—granted, Chelsea's defense was also woeful, but is Arsenal's defense any better than Chelsea's? Shay Given can be that shot blocker who might rescue Arsenal's defense.
Arsenal fans may argue that as long as Spurs are in the Big Four, City have an easier target to knock, but City should know that two shaky opponents are better than one.
City should not sell Shay Given to anyone, but if they do it should not be to Arsenal.
From an Arsenal perspective—they better invest quality money in a goal keeper and their defense else next season it will not be just Fabergas that will be keen on leaving the club.
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