Iker Casillas wanted to join Arsenal for two years

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Caillas has spent two years attempting to convince Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to bid for him. However, the Gunners manager was never interested in signing the vastly-experienced Spain international.

This information comes courtesy of Sky Sports' well-connected Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, who revealed the news via his official Twitter account earlier this week.

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Casillas's Real Madrid nightmare

Casillas has endured a miserable past two seasons at the Bernabeu after losing his first-team place - and was keen to end his Real Madrid nightmare by replacing Wojciech Szczesny as Arsenal's number one goalkeeper.

Ex-Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho dropped Casillas during the 2012/13 campaign in favour of Diego Lopez, who retained his number one jersey after Carlo Ancelotti succeeded Mourinho at the Bernabeu last summer.

Lopez has now joined AC Milan, but Casillas faces a third consecutive season of frustration following the arrival of Costa Rica international Keylor Navas from Levante.

Wenger rejects Casillas

Wenger rejected the opportunity to sign Casillas earlier this summer. The 33-year-old, who was heavily criticised for his below-par World Cup performances in Brazil, was reportedly demanding a £135,000-a-week deal to join the Gunners.

Instead, Wenger opted to sign 25-year-old Colombia international David Ospina, who will compete with Szczesny for the status of Arsenal's number one goalkeeper.

The majority of Arsenal fans believe they have swerved a bullet by rejecting Casillas, who appears to have seriously declined over the past 18 months. However, the Spanish goalkeeper produced an impressive performance against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday night and will back himself to regain the number one jersey at the Bernabeu following the departure of Lopez.

Watch: Casillas's awful performance v Netherlands

Casillas remains a Real Madrid hero

Casillas, despite his recent dip in form, will be remembered as one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation - and one of the most important figures in Spain's unprecedented era of international dominance.

A hero in the eyes of the Real Madrid supporters, Casillas arrived at the Bernabeu at the tender age of nine, and made his senior debut nine years later.

He has since gone on to make 679 appearances for Los Blancos - and, with 156 international matches under his belt, is the most-capped player in Spanish football history.

Wenger wouldn't have thought twice about signing Casillas three or four years ago, but his dramatic decline has seriously tarnished his reputation.

It remains to be seen whether he can rebuild his image at the Bernabeu; however, the next chapter of his career will not unfold at the Emirates Stadium.

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