With Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Fabianski and Emiliano Viviano (loan) in the ranks, Arsenal probably have the best depth and quality in this position in the Premier League, but given that Fabianski's deal is up in the summer and Viviano would probably return to Italy given the lack of first team opportunities, summer options for Arsene Wenger include the following.
1) Sell Fabianski now and buy a decent goalkeeper to back Szczesny or depend on Viviano
2) Extend Fabianski's contract if possible.
3) Wait until summer to buy a new goalkeeper
4) Wait until summer and promote Damien Martinez from the youth ranks.
While the first option is financially more viable than waiting around for his contract to expire or for him to secure a Bosman, this may lead to more instability. In case of an injury to Szczesny the Gunners will have to depend on the talented yet unimpressive Viviano, which could lead to a disruption in the now stable Arsenal defence.
The second option is to extend Fabianski's expiring contract, but given the lack of news or comments in this regard this seems highly unlikely. While Fabianski can be more than capable of being the backup goalkeeper at Arsenal, knowing that surely cannot make him any more interested in signing an extension.
The third option of waiting until the summer could be a prudent one as we could analyse whether Fabianski is willing to extend his contract then, if he hasn't already found a new club by then.
If Szczesny continues to perform so strongly Wenger may be helped in his search for a new keeper this summer, able to settle for a cheaper back-up rather than shelling out for a certain starter.
The fourth option is yet another economical, viable alternative and it puts the trust back in the development of players through our youth ranks. However, stellar performances would be needed from Szczesny to prevent Wenger from providing any real competition for him, a move which is surely too risky.
In the end, however the transfers and contract negotiations turn out one thing is clear, with a new long-term contract, stellar performances, growing maturity, continuing confidence and his love for Arsenal, Wojciech Szczesny is the present and the future of Arsenal's last line of defence.
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