Wenger has praise for Jordan Pickford, but rules out summer transfer


Arsene Wenger had words of praise for Jordan Pickford after the Sunderland stopper made a string of excellent saves against his Arsenal team last night, however despite reports to the contrary he doesn’t appear to be on the manager’s radar for a summer move to the Emirates.

The 23 year old was in outstanding form last night, making 11 saves – some of them really fantastic too – as Arsenal pummelled the Black Cats on their way to a 2-0 win.

Stops from Giroud, Iwobi and Mustafi in particular were superb, but Wenger says he’s got plenty to choose from in the goalkeeping department.

“We have plenty of goalkeepers,” he said. “We have Petr Cech, Ospina, we have Wojciech who is only on loan at Roma and has had an exceptional season. We have Emi Martinez.

“If there’s one thing we don’t need to buy, it’s a goalkeeper.”

Ospina yesterday suggested Arsenal would not stand in his way if he wanted to leave this summer, but Szczesny’s case is interesting, certainly, although like others he will only have 12 months left on his current Arsenal deal come the summer and that’s something that needs to be sorted out.

Still, Pickford’s performance was worthy of praise from the Frenchman, who said, “He had an exceptional night. I think we had 36 shots at goal, the highest in the Premier League. The keeper saved 11 of them, so he has done extremely well.”

It’s almost as if some idiot on a podcast said something about him putting in a performance exactly like that.


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