Arsenal eye first summer splurge – report
Arsene Wenger is hoping to bring David Marshall to The Emirates according to reports.
The Scottish international goalkeeper would replace the potentially outgoing Lukasz Fabianski. The same source quotes the Polish goalkeeper of saying:
“It was probably my last game for Arsenal.”
With Fabianski set to leave Arsenal this summer in search of regular first-team opportunities, the club will be desperate to bring in at least one goalkeeper to provide backup and competition to first choice player Wojciech Szczesny.
The club’s only other senior goalkeeper was Emiliano Viviano. The player joined Arsenal on loan from Palermo at the beginning of the season but has made no appearances for the club during that time. He has since returned to his parent club.
While Szczesny is the established goalkeeper at Arsenal Marshall way be willing to join The Gunners in order to remain in The Premier League now that Cardiff have been relegated.
If he did move he would still likely get a significant amount of game time as Wenger usually favours playing a different keeper during FA Cup and League Cup games.
The 29 year old has had spells at Norwich and Celtic, where he came up through the Scottish champions youth system. However, he has been at Cardiff since 2009 and amassed over 170 league appearances.
Marshall was also voted The Bluebirds player of the season after putting in a number of fine performances. Because of this, it is expected that Cardiff will value the player at around £15 million and it is unknown whether Arsenal will be prepared to meet that valuation.
The FA Cup winners will also face tough competition from North London rivals Tottenham as well as Liverpool. Both teams are looking to bring in an experienced goalkeeper to provide backup to their established goalkeepers.
By Nathan GibsonFollow @soccersweep10