Arsene Wenger is considering bids to sign Chelsea's Petr Cech and Tottenham's Hugo Lloris as he prepares to replace Wojciech Szczesny, reports Metro.
The Arsenal goalkeeper was reportedly fined £20,000 after being caught smoking in the dressing room after a 2-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year's Day. Szczesny was at fault for both goals but it was his post-game antics that infuriated Wenger.
Szczesny's latest indiscretion has left many senior officials questioning whether he should remain at the club. The same report suggests that some players have expressed concerns over the Poland international's lack of professionalism.
The Telegraph claims that Arsenal coaches are frustrated that Szczesny has not reached his potential at 24-years-old despite being granted significant first team experience. Wenger showed faith in Szczesny in 2012 by turning down the chance to sign Lloris before he move to Spurs, but that faith has not been suitably repaid.
That seems to have forced Wenger's hand and the Frenchman has asked Arsenal scouts to scour Europe for a potential replacement. At the moment, Wenger's top choices are Cech and Lloris.
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Cech has been strongly linked with a move away from Chelsea as he continues to play second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois. The Czech Republic international had been the first choice goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge for nine seasons before Jose Mourinho opted to bring Courtois back from his loan spell.
Earning a reported £100,000-a-week at Chelsea, Cech is a luxury reserve goalkeeper in the era of Uefa's financial fair play. Mourinho may eventually decide to sell him but whether he will sell him to a direct rival is another matter.
Arsenal probably have more chance of signing Cech than Lloris, who has expressed a desire to play Champions League football in the past. The Gunners are expected to qualify for Europe's top tier competition next season despite a poor run of form, but a move across north London would be controversial.
It is also likely that Tottenham would demand a significant premium to sell to their local rivals with Daniel Levy likely to take every chance to sell him to a club abroad should the France international request a transfer.