Arsenal Transfer News: Iker Casillas Reports Won't Force Wojciech Szczesny Out

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22:  Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on February 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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The Arsenal goalkeeping situation looks set to become an area of impending drama, with reports linking Real Madrid's out-of-favour goalkeeper Iker Casillas with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

However, the best-case scenario for Arsene Wenger come the beginning of next season would be to see the Spanish international jostling with Wojciech Szczesny for the No. 1 jersey. Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy, via Sky Sportsquotes Szczesny, who is up for the challenge:

If they give me a contract to the end of my career, I'd sign it without any hesitation. I feel attached to the club and the coach who has given me a chance. There are not many who would do that but I must have been good. I see the future here.

I'll play at Arsenal as long as am wanted here. I am not afraid to fight for number one with anyone: Fabianski or Casillas. I hope I won't make the boss think, "Wojciech's not number one." It's all in my hands. I am in the best form of my life.

Szczesny's attitude toward such high-profile competition is endearing, and Wenger should see it as a major positive that his stopper looks so kindly upon the prospect.

Having recently beaten Tottenham in another North London derby, the Polish international showed just how much he adores his club, per Arsenal's official Twitter account:

Another factor in this arrangement is that Arsenal look likely to free up numerous goalkeeping spaces in their roster this summer. Lukasz Fabianski is out of contract in July, and Sky Sports confirmed in February that Szczesny's compatriot would not be signing a new deal in North London.

What's more, Emiliano Viviano's season-long loan from Palermo is set to come to its end in three months' time, and the fact that the Italian is yet to make a senior Arsenal appearance suggests that his stay won't be extended.

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 08: Goalkeeper Iker Casillas of Real Madrid CF greets the audience as he leaves the pitch after his warming up prior to start  the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Villarreal CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 8,
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Juggling two top-class goalkeepers at a club of Arsenal's stature is a formula few managers opt to put into effect, but the balance may be right for a successful experiment in this case.

Casillas has fallen behind Diego Lopez in Real's pecking order for going on a year now, restricted to prominence in just European and Cup competition.

OptaFranz show precisely what kind of pedigree Arsenal would be getting their hands on with Casillas:

It's far from guaranteed that the Spaniard would bear any more fruit in North London, but with one-half of the potential tandem already on board with the idea, it seems only a question of whether Casillas would be willing to take the risk.

POZNAN, POLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny of Poland saves during friendly soccer soccer match between Poland and Ireland at the Inea Stadium on November 19, 2013 in Poznan, Poland.  (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)
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Szczesny is an ever-improving force in the English top flight, but the Pole isn't yet among the European elite. Casillas' credentials as a world-class talent are well-known.

Should Wenger see it as the right fit and feel that he's able to satisfy both players' expectations, the Frenchman could have a very promising partnership on his hands next term.