As the news broke in June this year that Jose Mourinho was set for a dramatic return to Premier League side Chelsea, one player that would certainly have breathed a sigh of relief was legendary Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who had lost his place under the ‘Special One’ last season.
However, as the reign of Carlo Ancelloti has developed, Casillas has continued to struggle to reclaim his place in the first team, with the manager opting to field Diego López in La Liga - Casillas has continued to feature in the Champions league.
Casiallas was quoted in the Guardian as saying: “If you are not playing you think about making some decision."
As a result, we look at one of his main suitors -Arsenal - to discuss why the Spaniard would be the perfect addition to Arsene Wenger’s current squad.
Firstly, it is no secret that a great goalkeeper can be the most influential player on the football pitch, with the trust that a top drawer keeper can build with his teammates creating confidence that resonates throughout a side.
The likes of Peter Schmeichel at Manchester United or Petr Cech at Chelsea during Jose Mourinho’s first spell will spring to mind for fans of the Premier League.
Given this desire to secure a top drawer goalkeeper, Casillas would seem like the perfect addition to the current set-up at Arsenal, as question marks still remain over the likes of Wojciech Szczęsny, Łukasz Fabiański or loanee Emiliano Viviano.
Also, it could be argued that Arsenal have an ace in the pack that could sweeten the deal with Iker Casillas - £42.5 million record signing Mesut Özil.
The impact that the German international has made at the Emirates since his summer arrival has been staggering, with the effect that his presence has had on other players within the squad clear for all to see.
With Özil adjusting to life in the Premier League almost immediately, his influence could be a factor in any transfer for the Spaniard, as their understanding on-and-off the pitch during their time at Real Madrid could aid the transition of Casillas to life in England.
Therefore, if Arsenal did choose to make a move for Casillas, Arsene Wenger will certainly be hoping that the ‘Özil effect’ will extend beyond the pitch and could entice the experienced goalkeeper to North London.
Finally, there seems to be a genuine sense of excitement and belief amongst Arsenal fans right now - especially since the arrival of the afore mentioned Mesut Özil - with many suggesting that the club are finally looking like potential trophy winners again.
It could be an exciting time for a player such as Casillas, with undoubted quality and experience, to join a team that seems to be really looking to make a statement.
For many, the arrival of the much talked about German was the last piece of the jigsaw for Wenger’s outfit, turning them into over-night title contenders.
However, even with the arrival of Özil there remain one or two questions hanging over the squad.
The potential arrival of Iker Casillas would indeed go a long way to put those questions to bed.
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