Why Arsenal Are Eyeing French Keeper to Replace Szczesny

He's a fan favourite but if reports are to believed, Arsenal might be looking to find someone to take his place...
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He's a fan favourite but if reports are to believed, Arsenal might be looking to find someone to take his place...

Why Arsenal Are Eyeing French Keeper to Replace Szczesny

Reports from France suggest Arsenal are aiming to bring in French goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to bolster their defence, according to talkSPORT.

Arsenal's current number one, Wojciech Szczesny, is clearly an upgrade over previous incumbent Manuel Almunia. He's still only 23-years-old, has undoubted potential and loves the club, but he does have a tendency to make rash decisions and there's an argument that most of their title rivals have more reliable keepers.

With 16 France caps and over 300 club appearances, the 28-year-old's experience and shot-stopping ability could be just what the Gunners need. Mandanda's Marseille side currently sit in fifth place in Ligue 1, and the keeper has conceded 29 goals in 27 games.

Arsenal will definitely need at least one goalkeeper in the summer, after Lukasz Fabianski announced his intention to leave when his contract ends. There have been reports of Emiliano Viviano sightings since his loan signing in the summer, but these remain unconfirmed.

The real question is: do Arsenal need to replace Szczesny at all?

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