The lull caused by a lack of club games means an opportunity for another dose of silly season. A rumor that emerged on MLSSoccer.com and was subsequently quoted by the Metro was that Arsenal are scouting Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan. The proof was not all that strong, evidence of Arsenal interest amounted to nothing more that the presence of Arsenal scouts at a few Aston Villa games. The case for the current United States #2 goalie to head to Arsenal was further reinforced by noting the struggles of our current #1, Wojciech Szczesny and the acknowledgement of the good season that Brad Guzan has put together in Birmingham.
However, despite the eagerness of the soccer media to create news stories being matched only by the eagerness that many on this board have to see an American on Arsenal, it seems that Brad Guzan is happy to stay at Aston Villa. In a statement quoted by the Express, Guzan stated that
it's always nice when you're linked to other teams, but for me, I'm very happy at Aston Villa.
Considering that a netminder who would be forced to defend a goal in front of a defense that featured Eric Lichaj only a few months ago would naturally want to get as far away as he could from the club that forced him into that situation, Guzan's statement must have come as a huge shock to onlooking reporters. Naturally, both the Express and Metro interpreted this comment as a snub of Arsenal in no uncertain terms. No one at Arsenal was quoted by either news source, likely because both Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis were too distraught by Guzan's comments to be able to pick up the phone.
Having three goalkeepers, including an in form Wojciech Szczeny, on roster may offer some consolation for Arsenal, but Guzan's certain denial is but one more step in an emerging trend of transfer failures for a club that has not been able to attract players that the media has linked them to despite Wenger not rating them. Between Kevin Mirallas last year and Dani Osvaldo in the recent summer window, Arsenal have been categorically unsuccessful in obtaining players that the club has shown no tangible interest in. As disappointing as it may be for us Arsenal fans, we can hopefully console ourselves with the fact that Arsene Wenger has been at least moderately successful at recruiting players the team actually wants.