Arsenal Transfer News: David Marshall Swoop Would Be Savvy Signing for Gunners

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Arsenal Transfer News: David Marshall Swoop Would Be Savvy Signing for Gunners
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Cardiff City's relegation to the Championship provides those surviving Premier League clubs with an opening to move in for numerous cut-price targets this summer, but none makes more sense than goalkeeper David Marshall.

The Telegraph's Matt Law writes that Arsene Wenger will seek to fill the void vacated by departing free agent Lukasz Fabianski with a £15 million move for the Scottish international.

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And not only would Marshall's acquisition sufficiently fill a Fabianski-shaped incision in the squad, but it would also promise to burst forth from those restraints and overlap into the path of Wojciech Szczesny.

For many, the Gunners' current No. 1 is still a work in progress and one that will ultimately come good with enough chances at the elite level. For others, Arsenal need a more immediate and consistent guardian in between the sticks.

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Marshall can help in both pursuits by forcing Szczesny to be better, offering the kind of pressure that the Polish international hasn't really been subject to during his time at the Emirates Stadium but has undoubtedly required.

Despite the Premier League interest, Marshall was quoted by Wales Online (via Sky Sports) in early May as saying he could stick with his Welsh employers, confident that the side will bounce back to the top flight next term:

It is very disappointing, the boys are absolutely gutted to be relegated. It's not been enough in the end to keep us up. We expected more from the season and we've obviously been left very disappointed by this. There was not a lot we could say in the dressing room afterwards. Everybody has just been left devastated.

It's going to be a hard couple of weeks now and we're just trying to get out heads around it all. The manager has asked us to do that. We've got a squad in there that won the Championship quite comfortably last season.

Marshall may be right in his assessment of the Bluebirds' chances of an immediate return, but he wouldn't be the first relegated star to be ultimately wooed by the first-tier chances laid in front of him.

Broadcaster Mark Pougatch even goes so far as to say that Marshall was Cardiff's best player in the 2013-14 campaign:

While a leaky defence meant that his rate of concession wasn't always flattering, Squawka shows that the 29-year-old made an average of 3.49 saves per game last season, as well as 1.77 saves per goal.

Marshall isn't yet at the status where he can demand a starting place under Wenger, and £15 million would be a mighty sum for a player who could well ride the bench if Szczesny were to react in the manner Arsenal fans would want, but then that outcome would be worth a pretty penny, too.

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It's an expensive situation to consider, but a win-win scenario as far as the north Londoners should be concerned. The most positive result would be to see the club have two top-class goalkeepers under its command, while the worst outcome is it settles for one improved alternative.

Whether that's Marshall or Szczesny would be for the stoppers themselves to decide.

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