QPR keeper Júlio César has emerged as the latest man being considered by Arsenal. Arsene Wenger has decided that he can no longer keep faith with Polish duo Wojciech Szczęsny and Łukasz Fabiański if he can genuinely move his side on from Champions League hopefuls to title contenders.
César joins Pepe Reina, Victor Valdes, and Tim Krul on the list of potential Arsenal number ones next season.
Not won a trophy since Lehmann left
Arsenal have not had an established goalkeeper between the sticks since Jens Lehmann left in 2008. Lehmann kept goal for the Gunners in 2004 when they made history by going a whole Premier League season without suffering defeat.
The fact that Arsenal have not won a trophy since Lehmann left has not gone unnoticed by Wenger.
He has shown faith in both Szczęsny and Fabiański at various spells in the past few seasons but has now decided that in order to be successful, Arsenal will need a dependable goalkeeper.
César has become the number one target for the Arsenal boss because of his experience and the fact that he will be available at a reasonable price.
QPR will be relegated on Monday if Aston Villa pull off a shock victory at Man Utd but will be doomed within the next few games anyway.
César has enjoyed his experience of the Premier League despite struggling at the bottom of the table.
César’s experience could be valuable at Arsenal
He is keen to stay in London and a move to Arsenal, particularly if they secure qualification for the Champions League, would appeal to him.
César has international experience for the Brazil national team and is desperate to remain in Felipe Scolari’s squad for the World Cup next summer.
He is also a Champions League winner from when he kept goal for Inter Milan in their treble winning year of 2010. Wenger wants an experienced man in the Arsenal goal next season as he prepares to catapult his side back into contention for the major trophies.
The fact that César has already been part of a team that has been successful both domestically and in Europe would make him a major addition to the inexperienced Arsenal dressing room.