Arsenal should renew interest in ex-Man City man, not Chelsea stopper

Kasper Schmeichel for Leicester City

Arsenal should reignite their interest in Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, rather than going after Chelsea’s Petr Cech.

The Gunners are in the market for a new goalkeeper, with first-choice Wojciech Szczesny failing to build upon a promising season last term and reverting to his usual self.

A solid, if unspectacular stopper, Szczesny is hardly that man who can marshall a defensive line for a team fighting for the top four and in the Champions League, and it is no surprise to see the club have been linked with a move for Chelsea’s want-away 32-year-old Petr Cech. Cech, who has been relegated to the sidelines since the return of Thibaut Courtois from his Atletico Madrid loan-deal, is said to be keen on moving away from Stamford Bridge in the search for consistent first-team football, and it has been widely reported that Arsenal were looking at a cut-price £7 million deal for the Czech international.

The Gunners signed Colombian international David Ospina over the summer, having failed in a bid for Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel, but it should be Schmeichel who the club continue to hold interest in - rather than Cech.

Ospina has looked poor when taking to the field, and his long-term injury will keep him out well into 2015, whilst third choice Damian Martinez - who made his Premier League debut as a substitute for Szczesny against Manchester United - is hardly the man needed for a club of Arsenal’s stature. If Cech were to sign for the club, he would undoubtedly be the best stopper on the North Londoners’ books, meaning there would be no competition for the starting role.

However, Schmeichel - who has been one of the Foxes standout performers this season - would arrive on almost equal footing with Sczcesny, but with four-years of extra playing experience behind him. Known for his eccentricities in front of goal, the 28-year-old is well versed in the ability to marshall a defence - something the Gunners are lacking at the current moment in time - and, with the Foxes languishing in the relegation places, he could well be looking to move away from the King Power Stadium when January arrives.

Despite signing a new contract over the summer - refuting interest from Arsenal - the Dane confirmed that he was keen on a move, as long as he would be first-choice, and not placed on the bench behind Szczesny. With the 24-year-old struggling currently, it is the perfect situation for Schmeichel to move to the Emirates, and secure his place in the starting XI - bringing defensive stability in the process.

At the age of 28, he offers more years worth of service than Cech, and, although he would likely cost more due to his recent contract extension, it is about time Arsene Wenger spent money on the areas of the squad that need improving.

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