Arsenal are plotting a move for Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks as they attempt to ease their goalkeeping troubles, it has been claimed.

The 28-year-old has been sidelined since breaking his knee cap in November, but had already demonstrated his considerable talents in the Barclays Premier League.

Now, according to the Mirror, Arsenal are considering offering Gilks a lucrative deal as he looks set to leave Bloomfield Road on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Gilks, however, is currently more concerned about returning to full fitness than deciding his future.

"The most important thing for this football club is staying in the league, not Matt Gilks' contract," he said.

"So if we can secure our status in the league, which is what everyone wants, then we can sit down after that and see what is said.


"But I need to be playing to either earn a new contract, which hasn't arrived yet or been talked about, or get another club. So it is in my best interests to simply get back playing. I've been out far too long now."

Arsenal have suffered numerous goalkeeping woes in recent seasons with errors and injuries seeing no man lay permanent claim to the no.1 jersey since the departure of Jens Lehmann.

The Gunners were even forced to draft the 41-year-old in as emergency cover earlier this month after Wojciech Szczęsny dislocated his finger to leave Manuel Almunia as the only senior 'keeper in the Arsenal squad.

Almunia has since committed a catastrophic blunder as Arsenal drew 2-2 with West Brom and - despite Lukasz Fabianski set to return from injury for next season - Wenger is ready to finally end solve his 'keeper crisis.

Arsenal have been linked with Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon and Liverpool first choice Pepe Reina in their pursuit of a reliable acquisition.

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