With the summer transfer window currently in action, many critics and fans hope to see Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger secure the services of a quality keeper. Having gone five seasons without silverware, fans are growing impatient. A side that boast such talented players, scintillating play and one of the best managers in world football should be performing better.
The lack of silverware has prompted the Frenchman to insist he will implement changes into his youthful roster. The keeping department is the one most feel has let Wenger and Arsenal down the most.
The Gunners have failed to boast a reliable keeper since the departure of Jens Lehman in 2008. Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski have been utilized at the back of the helm but the pair both have a tendency to make vital errors and be inconsistent.
However, Wenger does have talented youngsters in his ranks. The likes of Vito Mannone and Wojciech Szczensy both touted as the next big keepers in world football, but the pair are still a few seasons before their step-ups and need to be groomed with loan spells.
Rumours have it Wenger is close to clinching a deal with Fulham shot-stopper Mark Schwarzer.
The 37-year-old would be an ideal short term replacement for the Gunners as he will provide a reliable presence in the Arsenal net enabling Mannone and Szczensy to develop further. The Australian has been an outstanding force in the Fulham goal and boast sufficient experience to mentor younger players as well as impressive leadership credentials.
With Schwarzer set sign, Manuel Almunia could be likely to depart with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid said to be interested in the Spaniard, although there is also a chance the 33-year-old will remain at the Emirates and take a more comfortable position as the Arsenal deputy keeper.
If this is to occur, does that mean Lukasz Fabianski requires a loan spell?
Fabianski arrived in North London from Polish outfit Legia Warsaw in 2007. The Polish international's time at Arsenal has been quite a turbulent one. Despite showing glimpses of potential, Fabianski has made a ton of errors, many vital ones.
However, the 25-year-old is still young and has time on his side. A full season as a No. 1 could see much-needed confidence and experience return to Fabianski and enable him to become a less error-prone keeper.
Staying at Arsenal could potentially see him receive very little playing time and a move to a newly promoted Premier League side or elsewhere in Europe could do worlds for the Pole.
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