One of the reasons that our eight-match winning run will probably prove fruitless this season is because we haven’t had a man between the sticks to rely on. Despite David Ospina being signed last summer following an excellent World Cup, Wojciech Szczesny had started the campaign as number one.
However, a series of mistakes – including the desperately poor showing against Southampton – saw the Colombian called upon to step up to mark. And while Ospina has held his own in the position, there are some who doubt whether he is a long-term solution.
Luckily, the Premier League is currently boasting some of the finest stoppers in the game. So here are five that Arsene Wenger should at least consider signing:
Petr Cech (Chelsea)
If we are to bring in a keeper currently plying their trade in the division, then the Chelsea man is definitely the most likely. At 32, he has the experience, having won practically everything in the game at club level. He has also proved this season when used by Jose Mourinho, that he hasn’t developed any rust whilst sitting on the bench.
Interestingly if he joined in the summer – by which time he would be 33 – he would be the same age as Jens Lehmann when the German joined the club in 2003. Within a year, he had won the league title, and became immortalised as an Invincible.
Tim Krul (Newcastle United)
One thing not working in the Dutchman’s favour is that he yet to work with a top club, having spent his entire career with a Newcastle side that has failed to capture the imagination. However, at 27-years-old, he definitely has time on to get better. Krul remains the one player that Mike Ashley has yet to cash in on.
Fraser Forster (Southampton)
Before a season ending injury, Fraser Forster was one of the main reasons why Southampton were living the high life in the Premier League. The team have only conceded 22 goals this season – the lowest in the top flight. He has also proved to be a man for the big occasion, with the Daily Star reporting that Lionel Messi suggested that his performances against Barcelona whilst with Celtic were the best he had ever seen.
Asmir Begovic (Stoke)
The Daily Express have reported that the Bosnian keeper is stalling on a new contract with his current club, after suggesting that he has reached a point in his career where he needs to win trophies. The 27-year-old continues to be linked with us, but the Express suggest that we will have to beat off Liverpool for his signature.
Adrian (West Ham)
Last month the Spaniard played a blinder, despite his team losing 3-0 to us. He made a series of fine saves, despite dislocating a finger in the warm up, according to the Daily Mail. He has had a very encouraging season with the Hammers, helping them sit in the top four on Christmas day. The team’s struggles since then have definitely not been his fault, but they have allowed him to show off his ability.