Why Julio Cesar is the best option for Arsenal and isn't 'too old'

Julio Cesar Brazil

Arsenal are expected to resume negotiations for the transfer of Julio Cesar now the Confederations Cup has finished.

Arsenal have been tipped strongly to bring in a new goalkeeper this summer, with Wojciech Szczesny seeming to take a backwards step during the 2012/13 season.

While he ended the season in goal, it was only due to an injury from Lukasz Fabianski after he was dropped with Arsene Wenger citing 'mental fatigue.'

The Gunners have been linked with bringing in a new stopper with more experience for the Pole to learn from, with Barcelona's Victor Valdes heavily tipped.

But with the Spaniard issuing a desire to stay at the Nou Camp until 2014, Arsenal have been linked with a variety of other targets.

Rui Patricio, Pepe Reina, and Rene Adler are three candidates, but the standout option has to be Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Cesar is not a goalkeeper who brings with him the typical Brazilian traits of eccentricity Tottenham found in Heurelho Gomes, instead having a reputation for 'safe hands' and lightning quick reflexes, as he showed in last night's Confederations Cup Final.

It was claimed earlier in the summer that Arsenal were close to tying up a deal for Cesar, and now the tournament has finished, expect talks to resume.

Cesar is the best option for Arsenal because at 33-years-old he still displays a high level of ability, and is in line to represent Brazil at next year's World Cup, a prospect which gives him great incentive to keep his form high.

While he followed the money by signing for QPR last summer, it would be imagined that he has learned his lesson, and will look to switch to a club who demonstrate ambition and have the capability to challenge for trophies.

At 33 he is not 'too old'. A simple look at a deal completed by Manchester United in 2005 tells us that. It was then the Red Devils took the decision to pay a small fee for Edwin van der Sar from Fulham.

Three years later they were crowned Champions League winners and the Dutchman had won two Premier League trophies with the club.

There are clearly times when experience pays off, and Cesar can be a real asset to Arsenal, a Champions League winner himself with Inter Milan in 2010, a man as opposed to a boy in Szczesny.

His age is also a positive in that he will allow Szczesny to develop without hampering him long-term, as opposed to the obstacle a 25-year-old Rui Patricio would place in his way.

With his transfer fee expected to be around £5 million maximum, he is also a cheaper option than any of the aforementioned candidates, and could just be the very best.

Is Cesar the best option for Arsenal? What do you think?

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