Arsenal are considering a move for Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin as Wojciech Szczesny's future falls further into doubt, reports The Mirror.
Arsene Wenger took the decision to drop Szczesny for the game against Stoke City last weekend, preferring David Ospina between the sticks. The Colombian had little to do against a blunt Stoke attack but has been tipped to keep his place for the crucial tie against Manchester City.
Szczesny was reportedly furious with Wenger's decision and looked like a sulking child when camera's panned to him on the bench at the Emirates Stadium. There are now significant doubts over his future in north London.
Not only has Szczesny failed to impress in recent matches, but his decision to smoke in the shower of the changing room after a particularly bad performance against Southampton has left Arsenal officials miffed.
Perin could be brought in as a potential replacement for the Poland international after a series of impressive performances in the Serie A caught the eyes of Gunners scouts.
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At the age of 22-years-old, Perin is already to established first choice in Genoa and has kept clean sheets against Juventus and AC Milan this season. In 17 games he has kept five clean sheets, but, impressively, has made a total of 61 saves.
He is showing the promise similar to that of a young Szczesny, now 24. But Arsenal coaches are believed to be disappointed with the youth product for not reaching his potential despite faith from Wenger.
The Arsenal boss gave Szczesny the chance to claim a first team place as a 21-year-old but he has since failed to improve significantly. In the meantime Manchester United's David de Gea has become one of the most respected keepers in the world.
Arsenal had been tracking Germany Under-21 goalkeeper Loris Karius but it now seems certain that he will join Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer when his contract with Mainz expires in the summer.
Karius, who is six foot, three inches, used to be part of the Manchester City elite development squad before making the move back to his native Germany.