The French media have reported that Arsenal are tracking AS Monaco’s goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier along with Juventus, Napoli and Bayern Munich. The Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been looking for a decent keeper to replace the blundering pair of Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia and if the reports in France are to be believed then Ruffier has made it on to Wenegr’s short list.
Arsenal have been linked with almost every keeper in Europe and so the reports in France should be taken with a pinch of salt but the fact is that Wenger does want a new keeper at The Emirates next season and it would hardly be the biggest surprise if Wenger did in fact go down his tried and tested route of targeting French players.
23 year old Ruffier became Monaco’s first choice keeper just over a season ago and has held on to the position ever since, he has been with the club since 2005 but has recently made it clear he wants to seek pastures new and this has apparently alerted Wenger to the players availability.
Ruffier would fit the criteria set down by Wenger, he is young and providing he lives up to his billing would represent long term stability in a position that has become the number one problem for Wenger. Arsenal can look back on some of the mistakes made by their keepers over the last season and claim that they lost out on the title in part because their mistakes, a claim that in all fairness is justified.
It will be interesting to see if this particular speculation has legs.