Julio Cesar: Why Arsenal Would Be a Great Summer Move for Brazil Goalkeeper

Christopher Atkins@@chris_elasticoContributor IJuly 8, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21:  Julio Cesar of Queens Park Rangers organises his defence during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Everton at Loftus Road on October 21, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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The future of Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar has been up in the air for some time, with the West London side's relegation virtually assuring his exit from the club after just one season.

That is not to say that the Brazil No. 1 was in anyway disappointing. Indeed, had it not been for some of his outstanding contributions, the R's fate may well have been sealed considerably earlier.

Having arrived low on confidence, the former Inter Milan gloveman quickly regained belief in his abilities and began to show the levels of performance that he had become reputed for.

In moving on from Loftus Road, he will have no shortage of potential destinations.

Two clubs in particular have featured prominently in reports regarding his future—Premier League side Arsenal and Serie A giants Napoli.

Both would offer Champions League football and high levels of expectation ahead of the 2014 World Cup next summer—a competition which will no doubt influence his decision.

However, there is one factor that should swing the race in the favour of Arsenal. Napoli, in their search for a new No. 1 are set to sign Santos' Rafael—a player capable of limiting Julio Cesar's playing time. (Football Italia)

Thus, if the Gunners should see fit to offer an escape route to the Emirates Stadium, Julio Cesar would be well advised to take it. He has spoken previously of a desire to stay in London, and Arsenal would offer a level of football that would serve as suitable pre-World Cup preparation. (The Sun)

The North London side have struggled to find a consistently reliable keeper in recent years, and Cesar could be just that. His arrival could, also, allow either Lukasz Fabianski or Wojciech Szczesny the chance to gain regular games out on loan.

If Arsenal are to retain their place among the league's top four clubs next season, and therefore Champions League qualification, they cannot afford weak links. At present, neither Fabianski or Szczesny is performing at the level they require.

For Cesar, also, it could be a great move. His place as Brazil's No. 1 is now assured for next summer, barring calamity. However, he deserves to be at a club side who are capable of challenging at the business end of major competitions.

With a couple of wise additions, Arsenal could be that side. Meanwhile, as an additional bonus, the presence of Cesar should also allow Arsenal's much beleaguered defensive line to have faith in their goalkeeper once more. 

He could get weekly football at a side with high expectations, in front of an ever-demanding crowd. Ahead of the pressure he will come under next summer, it would offer at least some sort of preparation.

For the moment, though, no move appears close. Given the eagerness of QPR to see his wages off their books ahead of a season in the top-flight, though, it could all happen very quickly.

It may never come to pass, but a Julio Cesar move to Arsenal may well be an ideal solution for all parties involved this summer.