Arsenal have been linked with a litany of players during the summer transfer window. The goalkeeping position is no different and after nothing coming from apparent interest in QPR shot stopper Julio Cesar, Arsene Wenger has now been linked with a move for Real Madrid’s Spanish international Iker Casillas.
If he were to pull off the move, it would be a considerable coup for the Frenchman; but Wenger has yet to succeed in the pursuit of any of his high profile targets over recent months.
If Casillas were to join up with the north London club he would add a wealth of experience to the Arsenal defence and a genuine solidity on wish to base their forthcoming ambitions on.
Casillas was born in Madrid and has spent his whole career at the club. In November 1997 he was first called up to the Real first team set up in a Champions League match against Rosenberg. He made his debut in the 1998-99 season and since then has made an incredible 476 appearances for the side.
He has won 5 La Liga titles, 1 Copa del Rey, 4 Spanish Super Cups, 2 Champions League titles, 1 European Super Cup and one Intercontinental Cup. On the international front he has won The European Championships in 2008 and 2012 and was part of Spain’s 2010 World Cup triumph.
Wenger has been linked with a variant of players recently put hasn’t successfully made any significant signings.
The saga over Luis Suarez seems to have ultimately worked in the favour of Liverpool with the Uruguayan believed to be on the verge of signing a new contract at Anfield. There was also the pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain with the Madrid striker eventually opting for a move to Napoli.
Pressure has been mounting at Arsenal in recent weeks and after the sides opening day league defeat at the Emirates to Paul Lambert’s energetic Aston Villa side, the pressure seemed to reach a new high, with a prominent Arsenal supporters group voicing their concerns on whether Wenger was deserving of a new contract or not.
However the mid-week European victory in the final qualifying round for the Champions League away to Fenerbahce was helpful in relieving some of the pressure. This was followed by a comfortable win at a rain soaked Craven Cottage against Fulham on Saturday that could go some way to proving Wenger’s doubters wrong.
However the feeling is still that new faces are needed at the club and if Casillas does turn out to be one of said new faces, Wenger will find he has considerable breathing room.