Arsenal see bid knocked back for under-rated Cardiff star

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Arsenal are looking at Cardiff City number one David Marshall, but would he be the right choice for Arsene Wenger this summer?

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have had an initial offer of around £6 million rejected by Cardiff City for goalkeeper David Marshall.

The 29-year-old won rave reviews last season, but he couldn’t stop his side, Cardiff City, from finishing in the relegation zone as the 20th placed side. Nevertheless, it seems like Arsenal are keen on offering the former Norwich City goalkeeper a quick return to life in the Premier League as they try and negotiate a deal with Cardiff for his signature.

However, the deal is likely to bring up questions due to the Gunners already having an established and competent number one goalkeeper in Wojciech Szczesny, although back-up keeper Lukasz Fabianski has left to join Cardiff’s rivals Swansea City, and he could replace him on the bench.

If you’re slightly behind the top striker at a club, you can still expect regular game time; however, if you’re a keeper and you’re slightly behind the top keeper at a club, you may not play a single minute of football that season.

As it stands, you would have to say that the current Arsenal keeper, Wojciech Szczesny, is the better option as he has proven himself over the years, but until you get both 'keepers side by side in training, it may be difficult to tell.

Would Marshall come to Arsenal as a number two?

When dealing with a keeper that has been predominantly first-choice for the past seven years and has accumulated over 300-appearances, it may be a hard sale to land the player as a number two even for Arsenal.

Nevertheless, he could fancy the challenge of challenging Szczesny in training every day and who knows, maybe one day even get the number one shirt off him.

If not Marshall, then who?

It is extremely difficult to sign experienced and established number ones for a place in the squad which will be effectively be a place on the bench, at least for the early days.

Arsenal’s best option would be looking far and wide for talented keepers currently doing a similar job elsewhere, or even snipe a young keeper who could come in and work himself into the first-team.

England under-21 goalkeeper Jack Butland could be a sensible choice, or even former Manchester City back-up keeper Costel Pantilimon.

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