Arsenal needs a goalkeeper they can count on, and Mark Schwarzer fits us to a tee.
Nobody disputes that Manuel Almunia is capable of truly spectacular saves when he is on his game, but title-contending clubs need dependability, confidence, and experience more than they need the mere potential for magic.
Style and substance would be ideal, but given a choice, sensible managers will choose stability every time.
In 20-year-old Wojciech Szcesny, the Gunners feel they have the next big thing between the posts, someone who brings both reliability and game-changing athleticism to every match.
But for now, Arsenal need a replacement for Manuel Almunia who can hold down the fort while Chez matures.
Doubtless, the first impulse for many supporters, especially considering Arsenal's substantial transfer budget, is to say that we should buy the best keeper available. I disagree.
I think it would be better to bring in a veteran whom we know we can count on, and sign said player to a three to four year contract that will give us more room to maneuver with other players' salaries.
Enter Mark Schwarzer.
The 37-year-old Australian has made more than 70 international appearances, and over 400 Premiership appearances in his career.
The very model of consistency, Schwarzer tended the Middlesborough net throughout the Teesside club's most successful period in the Premiership, and was one of the most important pieces in Roy Hodgson's ultra-stingy reign at Fulham.
As an experienced veteran who would not command a massive transfer fee, and would not demand a wallet-busting salary, Mark Schwarzer may not be world class, but he fits the bill for a club in need of security.