Arsene Wenger suggests this player would wear the gloves for Arsenal in a goalkeeping crisis


The Gunners boss says that Olivier Giroud would probably be the man thrown in the firing line if his side were ever forced into putting an outfield player in goal.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told the club's official website that Olivier Giroud would probably be the player to don the gloves if the Gunners were ever caught without a goalkeeper on the bench or with all three substitutions already used.

Though a rare occurrence, there have been instances in the Premier League of teams having to put an outfield player in goal, usually when they have already brought three players on and the starting 'keeper is injured or sent off.

John Terry went between the posts for Chelsea in a game against Reading in 2006 for the closing stages after both current Gunners stopper Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini picked up injuries.

Meanwhile then-Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock considered centre-back Phil Jagielka such a good goalkeeper that he often went without naming an actual one on his bench, an opinion that was tested a decade ago when the current Everton captain played a full half an hour against Arsenal, leading the Blades to an unlikely win.

Speaking to Arsenal's website, Wenger lifted the lid on who his choice would be if his side ever found themselves in that unfortunate eventuality.

He said: "That would give me a big problem, because I haven’t thought about it. Usually it’s the central defenders or the strikers. I had George Weah at Monaco and he was a fantastic goalkeeper in training.

"In our team I don’t know what I would do. I would have to make an instinctive decision - maybe it would be Olivier Giroud."

Wenger's number one spot looks in safe hands this season with Cech - the Frenchman's only summer signing before the start of the season - in fine form and having kept 15 clean sheets in 33 appearances in all competitions.

Arsenal also have an accomplished second-choice stopper in David Ospina, who enjoyed a run of games in goal during the second half of last season.

However, Wenger may have to hunt for a new back-up option or promote a youth goalkeeper in the summer, with the Colombian number one reportedly keen on a move away from the Emirates at the end of the season due to lack of game time.

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