Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny, to name a few, have all tried and to a certain extent, have failed to replace the stalwart that was Jens Lehman between the Arsenal sticks, a little under 5 years ago.
However, with patience at the Emirates wearing thin, and the fans begging for big money, quality signings, Arsene Wenger may be forced into the summer transfer market, with the aim of purchasing a world class goalkeeper.
And where better to look than Madrid?
Iker Casillas has cut a forlorn figure at the Santiago Bernabau for the majority of this season, after well documented ‘bust-ups’ with manager Jose Mourinho, which led to him being dropped at the start of December.
There was also the hand injury he sustained in mid January during a game in the Copa Del Rey, returning last month to find himself on the bench, with Mourinho placing his faith in January new boy Diego Lopez.
There is no shortage of big name goalkeepers being linked with a move to North London in the summer, with Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, Swansea’s Michel Vorm and Newcastle’s Tim Krul all viable options that will have Arsenal fans excited.
However, the prospect of one of the world’s best shot stoppers arriving at the emirates will have the fans salivating. The Metro suggests that there could be some truth in the rumour as reports in Spain have suggested that Casillas may be open to a move to the Premier League.
Arsenal will be hoping they can secure a Champions League spot to ensure they have bargaining power against any other club that may have their sights on the most capped player in Spanish football history. A number of other clubs including Liverpool and PSG have been linked with Casillas.
Casillas may find that his situation changes at the end of the season. He is widely expected to leave at the end of the current campaign and if Casillas does decide that enough is enough, he will have no trouble finding possible suitors in the Premier League.
Arsenal would be foolish to miss out on a signing of this magnitude – a player who could provide the solidity at the back that they have been missing.
What’s your take? Should Arsenal be on the hunt for Iker Casillas?
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