Wenger Could Convince Iker Casillas To Sign For Arsenal

There are reports circulating in the media linking Real Madrid and Spanish legend Iker Casillas to Arsenal, as the club goes in search of a goalkeeper that will keep Wojciech Szczesny on his toes.

This link is nothing new as several goalkeepers have been linked to the club throughout the summer. But when a name like Iker Casillas comes into the picture it becomes different.

Many have wondered whether such a player with a huge reputation will consider joining Arsenal to play a role he has struggled to adapt to for two seasons. That is playing second choice to the first team goalkeeper.

There are persons who are of the opinion, that Arsene Wenger can play a part or two, should he want to bring the Spanish legend to Arsenal, especially against the backdrop of the role he played in convincing Mesut Ozil to join the club last summer.

However, there is a caveat though, judging by his inconsistent performance at the World Cup and in the Champions League final, it is very unlikely that Arsene Wenger would want to look at the direction of a player who has spent 23 years with Real Madrid.

If anything, his physical attributes and style of goalkeeping is not entirely suited to the Premier League. He is a good shot stopper and perfect fit in one on one situation. But with the amount of crosses and long balls from Premier League opponent, it is unlikely that he can keep up with the rigours of the league because of his height. At 33, his decision making ought to be top notch, but his erratic performance of late has called into question his chances of maintaining a high standard as he grows older.

The average height of a Premier League goalkeeper is 6ft 3in. At 6ft 1in, he looks every bit short for a Premier League goalkeeper.

But, one thing that cannot be taken away from the legendary Madrid goalkeeper is that he comes with a rich vain of experience, both at club and international level having won the European Cup twice, Euro Championship twice and a World Cup to boot. He will command a lot of respect if he joins the club.

Added to that, Wojciech Szczesny will get to learn a lot from him by tapping into his experience.

Yet, if the speculations becomes an element of fact, and Arsene Wenger is able to convince him to join the Emirates tray, will he be joining as a first choice or second choice goalkeeper? The answer to such a question lies in how the Pole reacts to such a transfer on the football pitch.