Arsenal elimination from the UEFA Champions in the second leg of the round of 16 against Barcelona came at a number of costs,. The Gunner's conveyed a horrendous playing style, barely able to string consecutive passes together, Arsene Wenger's men were left with the English Premier League and FA Cup as the only sources of silverware to succeed in as they attempt to diminish their five year trophy drought. Rovin van Persie's controversial red card resulted in a world wide debates and the possible suspensions of Arsene Wenger and Samir Nasri.
But one of the biggest and unsought of blows was a dislocated finger and tendon injury to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. The Polish shotstopper was forced to be substituted in the 18th minute after a Daniel Alves free kick injured Szczesny finger. It has been a whirlwind few months for the 20 year old, who last year was on loan in the eerie depth of League One with Brentford.
However an injury in December to predominant first choice keeper Lukasz Fabianski, ensured Szczesny was granted the opportunity to be the first choice Arsenal keeper as Manuel Almunia was still nursing an elbow injury and Italian youngster Vito Mannone was on loan with Hull City.
Since late December, Szczesny has been at the front of the helm, in superb form, forcing Wenger to admit the young Polish international was the new Arsenal number one. Despite the notorious error in the Carling Cup final against Birmingham City, Szczesny form has evoked critics and fans alike to admit that maybe Arsenal's recent keeping conundrum may be cured.
Unfortunately the finger injury is set to keep the Polish keeper sidelined for at least six weeks and with Lukasz Fabianski already ruled out for the remainder of the 2010/2011 campaign due to a severe shoulder injury, Wenger is short on keeper.
The much maligned Manuel Almunia, who replaced Szczesny gallantly during the 3-1 loss to Barcelona, has now been elevated to the first choice keeper role. The occasionally brilliant yet inconsistent Almunia will have to now take on the pressuring task of ensuring errors to not return to keeping roster.
Due to the frail numbers as the back, Wenger was set to recall 22 year old Vito Mannone, who has enjoyed a stellar loan spell with Championship side Hull City in recent months. However the Italian has suffered a thigh injury and will be absent for at least a month. This means Arsenal's deputy keeper is young gun James Shea, who is yet to make his professional debut for the Gunners.
This ensured Wenger will look to sign an experienced keeper on an emergency loan, if granted by the EPL, for one to two months. But who should the Frenchman target?
Here are 10 possible options.