Do Arsenal Definitely Need To Make a Summer Move for Craig Gordon?

Callum D'SouzaSenior Writer IApril 10, 2010

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MARCH 14:  Craig Gordon of Sunderland gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light on March 14, 2010 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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It's been a problem that Arsenal and fans alike have become increasingly frustrated with: goalkeeper. Arsenal lack of quality in the shot-stopping department has caused much pandemonium throughout North London.

Since the 2008 departure of Jens Lehman, a strong goalkeeper for the Gunners when at his peak, Arsenal have struggled in the goal-square. Arsene Wenger opted to promoted deputy Manuel Almunia to permanent first choice and Lukasz Fabianski to second choice, rather than seek a quality keeper.

The result? Arsenal have had a tendency to make vital errors, costing vital points.

Both Almunia and Fabianski are talented keepers, but many feel neither are capable of having main keeper roles at such a statuesque club.

The pair are mistake-prone and lack solid positioning. Although both have performed well for the club at times, they both fail to find consistency in their performances and fail to perform against the bigger, stronger clubs.

Now with only a slim chance of a trophy, it is increasingly likely Arsenal will go their fifth straight campaign without boasting any silverware. This will ensure heavy criticism from all around Europe, most notably the fans.

Many will be calling Wenger to make some wholesale changes with the money the Frenchman has received from recent transfers. The keeper role is one everyone will be expecting Wenger to blood new quality.

One name that would spring to many critics' minds is Sunderland shot stopper Craig Gordon.

The Scottish keeper has become a reliable presence in the Black Cats' goal, and many expect the 27-year-old to move onto bigger and better things. With Arsenal in need of a reliable keeper, the former Hearts' man may just fit the description.

However, Gordon would come at a price. Steve Bruce is eager to keep his keeper at bay.

Sunderland spent a record £7 million to bring the Scottish international to the Stadium of Light, so you could expect Arsenal to offer around £15 million for the Scotsman.

Gordon could just be what Arsenal need to resurrect their title ambitions and cure their keeping woes.