In recent weeks, Spanish international Iker Casillas has been rumoured to be leaving Real Madrid, with a possible move to Arsenal.
It is tough to argue in favour of Jose Mourinho's choice to drop the world cup winning, Spanish captain. He has been a staple of the Madrid team since the 2007/08 season, seeing managers come and go, he has been consistently considered one of the top goalkeepers for over half a decade, and at the age of 31, surely can complete that decade.
Whilst it would represent a phenomenal capture for the north Londoners, it is also a significant step down for Casillas. It has almost been eight years since Arsenal have won a recognised trophy, the FA Cup in 2005.
Casillas is also used to competing for trophies year in year out, whereas, Champions league semi-finals are unfamiliar ground for the young Arsenal team. Do Arsenal really have the ambition to satiate an acquired taste for silverware?
It would be extremely hard to see the logic in a move to Arsenal, surely the other Manchester clubs would have first say in any transfer negotiation. Furthermore, signing high profile names has never been part of Wenger's transfer philosophy, as he has always looked to buy young talent, or develop players through the youth system. Whilst it certainly and literally pays dividends in a business sense, it certainly hasn't improved the football at the club to a level required of attracting some of the worlds top stars, such as Casillas.
Lastly, with Mourinho apparently set to leave the Bernabau, Casillas must surely realise he will be reinstated fairly quickly as first choice goal keeper by the new manager.
Arsenal should avoid wasting time with unrealistic targets, and focus on more realistic targets. Simon Mignolet from Sunderland, or Julio Cesar from the relegated QPR would surely improve their squad, with the latter able to provide a large amount of international and top European experience.
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