Arsenal Transfers: Top 5 Outside Alternatives to Wojciech Szczesny
Wojciech Szczesny is currently the No. 1 goalkeeper at Arsenal, but the club has been linked to a number of replacements.
Arsene Wenger needs a solid, experienced goalkeeper to battle it out with the 22-year-old, and this list will look at some of those options.
The Gunners' game against Everton was the Polish keeper's first appearance since he played against Tottenham in early March.
Given his recent lack of appearances, brought on by inefficient performances throughout the season, it seems confidence has waned for the Gunners' No. 1.
The goalkeepers in this list all blend together a mixture of experience and quality that make them a good option for Arsenal.
They may not all be world-beaters, but they would be solid enough to challenge Szczesny and/or mentor him.
Szczesny is still only 22, and bringing in one of these goalkeeping options wouldn't mean the end of his career at the club.
Here are the top five outside alternatives to Wojciech Szczesny.
*Unless otherwise stated all statistics courtesy of Fox Sports Soccer.
5. Sebastien Frey
Sebastien Frey has been a long-term goalkeeping target for the club, and was linked (via the Daily Mail) with a move as recently as 2011.
Frey has spent the majority of his career in Italy, and is well known for his time with Fiorentina.
Considering Genoa's current relegation troubles, the French goalkeeper could be tempted to move clubs during the summer.
Though Arsene Wenger would find it hard to justify signing a goalkeeper from a relegation-bound team, there are some positives in Frey's statistics this season.
He's faced 142 shots on goal and saved 95 of those attempts, and his eight clean sheets are only bettered by six goalkeepers in Serie A.
4. Mickael Landreau
Mickael Landreau is another long-term target for Arsenal, and was linked with the club as far back as 2010 (via Daily Mail).
One would have thought that when he became a free agent in December, the Gunners would have jumped to sign him (via the Daily Star).
The French goalkeeper has plenty of experience, having amassed over 500 club appearances for three of France's top clubs.
He's picked up eight trophies along the way, and that type of championship-winning experience is much needed within the Arsenal squad.
Landreau would certainly be a good option for Arsene Wenger, given his age (33) and his experience.
3. Rene Adler
At 28, Rene Adler is the youngster on this list, and the Mirror believes Arsenal may be interested in a cut-price deal for the German goalkeeper.
Adler is one in a long line of solid German goalkeepers and was an integral part of the Bayer Leverkusen squad before leaving at the start of the season.
He has seven clean sheets this season for Hamburger SV.
If Arsene Wenger wants a longer-term option, Adler fits the bill, thanks to his age.
2. Michel Vorm
According to the Metro, Arsenal is interested in a move for Michel Vorm.
Premier League fans have seen the Dutch keeper's skill's up close since he entered England last season.
Statistically, he hasn't replicated his play from last season, but he would still be a great signing for the squad.
Vorm has shown the composure and talent necessary to marshal Arsenal's haphazard back four, and he may not be averse to sharing playing time with Wojciech Szczesny.
1. Victor Valdes
The Spanish goalkeeper is the most illustrious name on this list, but he's the first for a number of reasons.
One negative in a possible deal is that he would undoubtedly want to be the No. 1 keeper at Arsenal.
His reported interest in a move to the Premiership is a plus, and the fact that Arsenal may be the best-placed top team to sign him also helps.
You also have to consider his experience (including titles) and skills. You don't get four Zamora trophies in a row without a reason, you know.
Barcelona's ability to keep opponents off the ball certainly plays a part in that, but Valdes has made world-class plays over the last few years.