If Arsenal sign a new keeper should they sell Wojciech Szczesny?

The Pole would become second choice at The Emirates and his contract expires in 2014; should the Gunners cash in now?

This summer Arsenal have been linked with players in several dominant positions in particular. A striker was the main port of call - with Gonzalo Higuain now seemingly on his way.

Then there was right-back; owed mainly to the doubts over Bacary Sagna’s future.

Finally, central midfield, because when it comes to fitness Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby are about as reliable as a Beko fridge.

But of course the most common rhetoric of them all has been the talk of a potential new goalkeeping addition at The Emirates ahead of next season.

Last season was poor for Wojciech Szczesny. He suffered with injury at the start and was out of form up until Arsene Wenger had enough and dropped him for the fit again Lukasz Fabianski for an away victory against Bayern Munich.

Fabianski looked vastly improved on the inconsistent custodian we had become accustomed to and if only he could stay fit…oh wait…he crashed into a post and fractured a rib. Essentially, even if he can now be trusted on the pitch, he cannot be trusted to be fit enough to make it out there.

Then there is Vito Mannone. The Italian never looked up to the task and as of Wednesday he became a Sunderland player.

So the Gunners are searching for a new stopper; with Julio Cesar, Pepe Reina, Victor Valdes and Rui Patricio all named as potential signings in the past month or so.

But I ask, what do they do with Szczesny should they replace him this summer?

The Pole has said he is happy at Arsenal but a man of his confidence will not want to be playing second fiddle to anyone.

And the problem is his contract; it expires in the summer of 2014.

The Gunners could still demand a sizeable transfer fee for the Poland international this summer should they bring in a new stopper and not doing so would therefore risk losing him for nothing next year.

While it seems a good idea to have him as an excellent back-up stopper the likelihood is that is not something he himself would welcome; and losing him for free should not be considered an option for The Gunners.

If Arsenal buy a keeper should they sell Szczesny?

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