Arsenal target won't play again before World Cup

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Arsenal target Julio Cesar is facing a lengthy spell in the wilderness after Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp hinted that the goalkeeper would not be considered for first-team selection, reports Sky Sports.

The 33-year-old was expected to leave Loftus Road in the summer, following the Rs relegation from the Premier League. But, to everyones surprise, nobody came in for the Brazil international, meaning he has remained in the Championship.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was heavily linked with a move for Cesar, as he looked to provide competition for current first-choice Wojciech Szczesny at the Emirates Stadium.

However, Arsenal eventually opted for a season-long loan move for Palermo's Emiliano Viviano, after being put off by Cesar's extravagant £90,000-a-week wages.

Redknapp admits that he is shocked QPR received no offers for the South American stopper, and is at a loss over the player's future, as he continues to persist with Rob Green as his number one, and promising youngster Brian Murphy as back-up.

"It's a difficult situation with Julio and I'm surprised no one came in for him," he explained. "He's a world-class keeper.

"Murphy's also a good goalkeeper. And besides I don't know whether Julio wants to sit on the bench.

"His dream is to play in the World Cup in Brazil and I don't think this will affect his situation.

"The manager of Brazil thinks he's the number-one man and I don't think anything that happens at QPR is going to change that for him."

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