Arsenal goalkeeper target would be nothing more than another Almunia

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Would Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla be the right man for the job at The Emirates?

Arsenal have been linked with many players this summer, with the majority of them in specific positions across the pitch.

Strikers, we have seen plenty of those linked with a North London switch. Holding midfielders also continue to get linked with a move, but goalkeepers seem to be the flavour of the weekend - I count four who have been mooted as potential custodian signings at The Emirates.

Tim Krul, Emiliano Viviano and Vicente Guaita are all being linked - but one that has carried over the course of three days has been the link with Espanyol stopper Kiko Casilla.

Casilla is a 26-year-old goalkeeper who has had a fairly quiet career so far.

The Catalonian came through the youth ranks at Real Madrid, but never quite made anything like an impact at the Bernabeu - in fact he was not even first choice for the B team.

But he joined Espanyol and played for Spain’s under-21’s during that time - but his time at Espanyol has also not been inspiring.

He has spent the majority of his time at the club playing second or third fiddle to the likes of Carlos Kameni and Cristian Alvarez or out on loan, spending two seasons with Cadiz and another year with Cartagena.

But, after a ding-dong for the starting spot with Alvarez, over the past 18 months he established himself- and he is now the undisputed number one at the Estadi Cornella-El Prat.

Alvarez returned to his homeland this summer, joining San Lorenzo, and now Casilla is the man at Espanyol.

But is he right for Arsenal?

The simple answer is no.

If anything, he would simply be another Manuel Almunia.

Arsene Wenger is never keen on spending big money on goalkeepers and he sees Casilla as an adequate and cost-efficient alternative to his conundrum, rather than a player who will come in and be superb.

Some say that goalkeepers can be worth ten points a season, but only the right keepers - that Casilla is not.

Arsenal have a war-chest, and if they are going to buy a keeper this summer, they need to do it right.

Not bring in another Manuel Almunia.

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