5 potential backup keepers Arsenal could sign in the summer

Who should take Lukasz Fabianski's place as Arsenal's back-up stopper?

Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has played the role of able deputy well this season and at the end of the last campaign - however he now appears to have had enough of such a role.

The Polish number two wants to play regular football - and with his contract expiring in the summer the Gunners cannot force him to stay.

He has already been linked with plenty of moves to Germany over the past week and most Gunners fans would wish him luck in his future endeavours.

But what about Arsenal?

They are now looking a t a real keeper shortage - with Emiliano Viviano unlikely to stick around.

They have the young Argentine Damian Martinez who is well thought of - and set to become three in the pecking order next season.

But what about number two?

Well in the summer Chelsea snapped up Mark Schwarzer on a free transfer - a smart transfer that we predicted long before the deal went through.

And we feel Arsenal should do similar - bring in an experienced keeper to keep Szczesny on his toes and learning something applicable to Premier League football each and every day.

So here are five potential options…

Carlos Kameni - Malaga

Once one of Europe’s most sought after stoppers the Cameroonian is not the player he once was. A move to Malaga has not helped him at all and he might be on the way out this summer.

He has spoken in the past of wanting to play English football - well this might be his chance.

Julian Speroni - Crystal Palace

The Argentine has shown recently what he can do despite being 34-years-old. The Eagles recently signed Wayne Hennessey as his long-term successor - and Speroni might be wise to get out while he can.

Remy Vercoutre - Lyon

No longer the number one choice at Lyon the French stopper is now into his mid-30s - and the chance to play for Arsenal would certainly appeal to him.

Not as good as the prior options - but a solid servant no doubt.

Shay Given - Aston Villa

Personally, for me, this is the best option.

He has bags of Premier League experience but is out of the picture at Aston Villa because of high wages and Brad Guzan’s form.

Just recently returned from an excellent loan a spell at Middlesbrough - and Wenger could do a lot worse than bringing in an established player like this.

Thomas Sorensen - Stoke City

Another with bags of Premier League experience. The 37-year-old is becoming injury prone in his later years - but could be a valuable signing for the Gunners - and would cost Arsenal nothing.

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