Arsenal have been linked with Real Madrid’s veteran shot stopper Iker Casillas several times this year. The World Cup winning goalkeeper had become a bit part player at the Santiago Bernabeu over the past few seasons, and was rumoured to be on the way out.
This had piqued the interest of clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool, who are on the lookout for quality options in the keeper department. Apart from Szczesny, we have no one to compete for the gloves, and summer signing Ospina has been struggling with fitness since his move to the Emirates.
But in a blow to the club’s ambitions, Real boss Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that the club legend is staying put. In fact, despite his weak showing at the World Cup, Casillas has managed to become a regular for the Real Madrid team this season.
The matter is closed.
His future is here, it is part of the history of this club and in a few years, when he retires as a football player, Iker will come to this forum along with other great champions at the club to talk about all the European Cups he has won with this shirt.
That seems like a strong enough warning to stay away. While it is true that Arsenal should be on the lookout for a quality keeper, the more pressing problems in the defence mean that we will probably see Wenger reinforce that in the January window. The hunt for a new keeper can wait until next summer.