Arsenal should make January move for Victor Valdes

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Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has revealed on more than one occasion that he is going to leave the Catalan giants next summer.

The 31-year-old custodian has been Barcelona's number one for several seasons but is going to leave the La Liga champions at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Valdes wants to leave Barcelona - the club he has been at since 2002 - due to his desire to start a new challenge away from the Camp Nou.

The Spanish international has been linked with a move to the Premier League with Arsenal and Chelsea both said to be keen on signing Valdes.

With his contract coming to an end, Barcelona will have shortlisted a handful of goalkeepers who they want to fill the void in between the sticks.

With a number of European clubs chasing his signature, Barcelona may want to start a bidding war for Valdes - in order to get some cash from his departure.

That is why I think Arsenal should do all they can to tempt Valdes to the Emirates Stadium in January.

Premier League leaders Arsenal have started the season off in good form but are still a couple players short of challenging for the title.

Arsenal are scoring goals in abundance but are also conceding goals with the Gunners having let in eight goals in seven league games.

Current Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny does not really provide his defenders - or Arsene Wenger for that matter - with the confidence that an established star such as Valdes would.

The Barcelona shot stopper would be ineligible to play in the Champions League but may be the difference between Arsenal finishing in fourth place or challenging for the Premier League title.

With Valdes' contract coming to an end, Arsenal can either choose to pay up now or open talks with the shot stopper in hope that they can convince him to move to north London next summer.

Either way, Valdes would be the perfect acquisition for Wenger's side.

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