Okay, maybe calling it a problem is a bit far. After all, long gone are the days when all Arsenal fans would flinch whenever the ball would come near our box due to the antics of Manuel Almunia. But we do have a serious issue to deal with, as with Fabianski out of contract this summer, Arsenal will need to seek out a backup goalkeeper to our joint golden glove holding number one Wojciech Szczesny.
One rumour that has been doing the rounds in the past week or so is linking us to current Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel, son of the Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel. The Leicester City Mercury has claimed that we are planning to approach the player, as he is out of contract this summer. However, the 27-year-old is just hitting his goal keeping prime and with his current club just gaining promotion to the Premier League.
I cannot see this rumour happening, mainly because he would start out as second choice to Szczesny, while he would remain first choice at an upcoming Premier League club who, in my opinion, stand a good chance of staying up next season. That being said, Schmeichel is a very good keeper who has played a key role in Leicester City’s Championship winning squad- which they won by an impressive nine points. I would not be disappointed if he turned up at Ashburton Grove come summer. Most readers here will be most familiar with the young Dane who impressed so much at Wembley on the 5th March in a 1-0 defeat to England.
One player I can see being a realistic target, however, is Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall. The Mirror report that Arsenal are keen to sign the goalkeeper as they feel he can offer adequate backup to our Polish shot stopper, while also being able to challenge him for the number one spot. Despite Cardiff going down, Marshall is a very capable keeper. According to Squawka, Marshall made 125 saves, 8 punches and 130 catches.
However, it appears that Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to try to keep the Scotsman at the Welsh club, as per The Daily Mail. Solskjaer describes the 29-year-old, who has also represented Celtic and Norwich City before moving to the Cardiff City Stadium, as ‘the best goalkeeper in the league.’
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I can’t comment on players’ contracts. I am doing my best to keep hold of the most important ones, that I feel are the most important ones.
David has been absolutely terrific this season. I believe he is very happy in and around Cardiff. He is one that I really, really want to keep.
He has been the best keeper in the Premier League, for me. He has saved us many, many points, and he has not lost us one. That is the sign of a very good goalkeeper.
Personally, I think that this could be an astute signing for Arsenal. Marshall has shown his quality while at Cardiff and they would have been down a lot earlier without him in between the sticks. He is dominating in the air and well capable of making a low save if needed. Jamie Carragher is a massive fan. He believes he deserved a place in the Premier League Team of the Year and believes there were several saves made by him that were only made by him.
So Gooners, do you think that Marshall can fill the void when Fabianski leaves?