Last Saturday Lukasz Fabianski played in what looked like his last match for Arsenal, and is now set to leave the Emirates in the next couple of weeks. What this means is that the club needs to sign another goalkeeper or promote from within to give Wojciech Szczesny a fight for the number one position.
Wenger still nurses hope of keeping Fabianski and could delay his transfer plans to explore the possibility of convincing the Pole to sign a new contract. Should that fail to materialise, a number of possible options could include Asmir Begovic, Alex McCarthy, Kasper Schmeichel, Fraser Forster, and Iker Casillas – all of who have been linked to Arsenal in the past.
Stoke keeper is one of the best in the league, and his years of experience will give Szczesny a good run for the number one position if he joins us. Begovic’s biggest strengths include his reflexes, his ability to stop long shots, and concentration. At 26 years, he still has a lot in him and could be just what we need considering the fact that he is Premiership-ready.
24 year old Alex McCarthy of Reading is already attracting the attention of a number of clubs, and could be set for a move this summer. His high concentration rate and good reflexes are some of his greatest assets, and won’t be a bad cover for Szczesny.
This 183cm tall Leicester goalkeeper could be another option for the Gunners and his addition to the first team would give our current number one a run for his money. He is great at saving close range shots and very high reflexes. However, he still has a lot of work to do in terms of catching crosses.
Forster is one of the most reliable and experienced goalkeepers in the Scottish League, and Arsenal could benefit a lot from his experience. He was outstanding in this season’s Champions League, and his experience could benefit a player like Szczesny.
Casillas is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and no wonder he has consistently made the FIFA World XI for some times now. However, he considers his current position where Madrid prefers Lopez as the number one goalkeeper in the league unacceptable. He is vastly experienced, and has very sharp reflexes when in goal. Casillas’ weakness however, is in his inability to catch crosses.
Casillas has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past with Cazorla revealing to the media how he tried to convince the Spain captain to move to the Emirates.