Fraser Forster is undoubtedly one of England’s best goalkeepers, rated by many as better than Manchester City’s Joe Hart.
His form has even led to reported interest from Barcelona, yet Forster has never received the plaudits he deserves on the international stage; he has received several call-ups to the senior England squad but is still awaiting his debut.
Forster’s midweek display in the Champions League highlights how much he has come on as a keeper, and at 25 he is still young. Although he was on the losing side on Tuesday, he made a series of stunning saves to keep his side in it, including a point blank stop from Neymar and a stunning double save.
Hart on the other hand, was beaten twice at his near post when he shouldn’t have been as City were thoroughly outclassed by Bayern Munich.
Arsenal, with the addition of Mesut Ozil, are looking more and more like title contenders with every game they play, but they still have weak links in a number of areas.
Their midfield is amongst the best in the league on current form – so much so, that there is talk of Jack Wilshere being surplus to requirements – whilst Olivier Giroud has finally found his shooting boots this season, and seems capable of filling the gaping hole left in the front line by Robin van Persie.
Other areas Arsenal have traditionally lacked strength is defence and in goal.
Whilst their defence has improved vastly this season, only conceding four goals since the opening day defeat to Aston Villa, Wojciech Szczesny is the weak link in the team.
He is a good shot stopper, but prone to errors of judgement and severe dips in form.
Arsenal never really managed to replace Jens Lehman, and if you are going to build a title-winning team, you need a strong commanding presence in goal.
Manchester United had Peter Schmiechel in the 1990s and Edwin van der Sar in the 2000s, Chelea have Peter Cech and Arsenal had Seaman or Lehman. A big strong goalkeeper is key.
Fraser Forster is exactly who Arsenal need; he is domineering, a leader, a keeper of fantastic ability - keeping 105 clean sheets in 210 games and most importantly, he has a point to prove.
If Forster wants to force his way from the England squad into the England team, he needs to be in the spotlight, which unfortunately at Celtic, he isn’t.
Arsenal have more money to spend in January, and Forster would be the best way they could spend it as Arsene Wenger looks to build another title-winning team.
Unfortunately, he won’t come cheap as he still has two seasons to run on his contract, but he will be worth every penny. Good goalkeepers are becoming increasingly hard to come by, and boy, is he good.
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