Arsenal missed out on a lot of their primary targets over the summer. Even if they managed to sign Ozil who has proven to be one of the best moves Wenger ever made, the Gunners still fell short when it came to bringing in a striker and an established goalkeeper to replace Wojciech Szczęsny who almost left Emirates during the summer. The Polish stopper was unhappy with the way he was treated, according to his father who was later countered by his son’s statements that said all things are good. Even so, it was clear that something was not right and that reflected onto Arsenal’s goalkeeper and his performance.
There were 4 main targets for Arsenal when it came to a goalkeeping spot, two of which could have been accomplished if negotiations would have been conducted in a different way. Casillas and Valdes were rumored as Wenger’s main targets but it was hard to believe Barca and Real would let their main stoppers leave so easily. The second targets which were more plausible were Reina and Begovic. The first chose Napoli and the second chose to stay with Stoke.
Begovic recently spoke about his possible departure. According to Metro, the 26 year old who started his international career for Canada but is now a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina squad, may consider a future move that will keep him in the Premier League. Until then, the man that has managed 100 appearances for Stoke since 2010, said he is very happy to have stayed with Stoke City for yet another season. He also spoke about how he has absolutely no regrets refusing the Gunners or Liverpool who tried signing him.
The Bosnian international also said that he is ambitious and that the speculations regarding his departure to a more famous team will only help him improve his game. He looks motivated and also very at peace with the fact that he did not move to Emirates. Begovic is under contract until 2016 and he is currently valued at £6.2 million which would be no problem for Arsenal.