Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Gunners Must Pursue Lyon's Hugo Lloris

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IJuly 5, 2012

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23:  Hugo Lloris of France looks on during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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The number of goals that Arsenal allowed was a big issue in the 2011-12 season, but could be eliminated with the acquisition of Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

According to ESPN, club president Jean-Michel Aulas has said that Lloris will be allowed to leave the team for the right price. 

Lloris has been linked with a move to the Premier League, and some reports have suggested that Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are possible destinations.

Aulas, however, insisted only the right offer would persuade his club to sell, adding: 'Lloris can go, but only for a decent price in relation to the market.'

Arsenal would be doing themselves a tremendous favor by going after this talent in the offseason. Considering their goalkeeping woes in recent history, and just how solid this player has been with Lyon, it would make a lot of sense.

Last season, if there was one thing that prevented the third-place Gunners from catching Manchester United and City, it was the goalkeeping and the back line. The team allowed a whopping 49 goals, 32 of which came on the road.

To put this into perspective, the team allowed more goals than Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool and Sunderland, all of which were teams ranked below them in the Premier League standings at the end of the season.

Given the plethora of goals this team has allowed, there is no question there is a need for change, and between the sticks is a good place to start.

Lloris is just 25 years of age and has plenty left to bring to the table. Wojciech Szczesny is a goalie that failed his team by conceding the amount of goals he did. In spite of the defense not being at its best, there still must be a chance in net.

Expect the team to pursue goalie candidates this summer, including Lloris.