Reports linking Real Madrid's Iker Casillas with a move to Arsenal have been long in the pipelines. It would seem that the Spanish goalkeeper, once regarded as the best in the world, would be an excellent signing for the Gunners. A World Cup and European Championship winner, Casillas is absolutely and rightly heralded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.
But do Arsenal really need him? Casillas, now 33, would certainly add experience to the the Arsenal ranks. However, it would seem that the links to the move would be doing a disservice to the Arsenal number one 'keeper David Ospina.
Ospina since his summer move has been exceptional in the Arsenal goal. Removing Wojciech Szczesny as the number one choice, Ospina's stats in his last twelve games for the Gunners have been flawless. Since Szczesny's harrowing display in the 2-0 loss to Southampton in January, Ospina has been called upon and been excellent.
Ospina's statistics usurp the PFA Goalkeeper of the Year David de Gea. In all games he has started for Arsenal Ospina, has notched nine clean sheets, and has been integral in the eight game winning run, a Premier League record, which Arsenal now hold.
Class of Ospina
He is calm, composed and an excellent shot stopper. Arguably he exhibits traits which Szczesny does not, in terms of calmness and intelligence after a save is made. Ospina is not accustomed to releasing the ball quickly to a player coming short. He is good at surveying the scenario and waiting for the right moments to release the ball, allowing the Arsenal team to get back into their shape.
Signed for £3 million after an excellent World Cup last summer for his native Colombia one could regard Ospina as something of a bargain. Certainly one could argue that Casillas would be a shrewd move in the summer transfer window if Wenger opts to sign him. However, to come in and replace Ospina would be a controversial decision.
Arguably, Casillas could add the extra quality which Gunners fans have called for for many seasons. As a mentor to Ospina, Casillas could certainly improve the 26 year old.
With this being said, it is unfortunate to have witnessed the seeming demise of the once fan favourite Szczesny. Although still young, the Polish international has made poor decisions not only on the pitch but also off it. Szczesny is still an excellent young goalkeeper who Wenger will be reluctant to let go, as he has mentored him since he was young.
Therefore, with the signing of Casillas it could raise the level of both the Arsenal goalkeepers but it would be unfair to put Casillas straight in as number one if he is signed. Arsenal fans would be short sighted to seek the services of Casillas to overtake Ospina considering the stats he has put up in the 2014/15 season.