Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Gunners Must Add Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIIJuly 6, 2012

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23:  Hugo Lloris of France directs his defence during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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While the world discusses star Robin van Persie's decision to not extend his contract at Arsenal, the Gunners are wisely looking at a way to shore up their goalkeeping situation.

Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris is likely going to cost £16 million to acquire, according to the Daily Mail, but Arsenal should make that deal happen in a heartbeat.

Lloris is a 25-year-old difference-maker in the net, and has already earned 37 caps for the France national team. He has even worn the captain's armband.

In his seven years playing in France's Ligue 1 for Nice (three seasons) and Lyon (four seasons), Lloris has made 257 appearances. He is incredibly experienced for being so young. 

Wojciech Szczesny is decent in goal, but he doesn't have the upside of a guy like Lloris. He's also not the kind of field commander that the Frenchman can be at the back.

Getting a rock like Lloris in net would solidify Arsenal's entire roster. The Gunners could then go about finding a way to replace Van Persie's production. After all, if they aren't allowing as many goals, there will be less difference to make up in attack.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said that any team interested in Lloris will have to make a move by July 15, otherwise the team will keep him for next season. That means Arsene Wenger and company need to move quickly to secure their keeper of the future. 

This is a move Arsenal has to make. The club must stop the bad momentum created by Van Persie's announcement, and turn the tide with some good news. Bringing a world-class keeper to the Emirates Stadium would do just that.