Speculation continues that Arsene Wenger is set to sign an experienced goalkeeper in the summer, but current Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny has said that he has no plans to leave the club.
Szczesny, 22, has been left out of Arsenal’s side for their last two matches after Wenger claimed that he needed a “breather” following a dip in his performances. Lukasz Fabianski has been selected in place of his fellow Pole and kept two clean sheets.
But Szczesny has revealed that he is still very much happy at the Emirates, despite his and the club’s struggles.
"I am too happy to go somewhere else,” he said, according to Sky Sports. “I believe in the philosophy of the club and that Arsenal will start to win again.
"I have a debt to pay here for the club, I owe them. I just do not want to go anywhere else. As long as they want me here, there is no 'somewhere else,' and I have a contract until June 2015."
The Daily Mail, however, believes that Wenger is keen to replace Szczesny, with Chelsea’s Petr Cech a surprise name on the list of targets.
The report suggests that Chelsea could opt to go with 20-year-old Thibaut Courtois, currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, as their first choice next season. Arsenal are said to be monitoring the situation and are prepared to spend big to land the 30-year-old Czech Republic international.
It is difficult to see Chelsea moving on Cech at this stage while he remains in good form and still firmly in his peak years for a goalkeeper. Even if the Blues were to decide to move Cech on, it would still be a surprise were they allow him to move to one of their closest rivals.
Cech is far from the only goalkeeper to be linked with Arsenal, with the Daily Telegraph claiming that the Gunners are one of the clubs trailing Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic. Manchester United and Chelsea are also interested with Stoke said to believe that the interest could push the 25-year-old’s asking price close to £20 million.
It is believed that Arsenal’s ability to offer greater first-team assurances to the Bosnia international could persuade Begovic to move the Emirates.
The Telegraph also reports that Arsenal are interested in Liverpool’s Pepe Reina and Michel Vorm from Swansea City. Reina has long been seen as a target for the Gunners and they had a big rejected for the Spain international back in 2010.
Reina’s form has been less consistent in recent times, sparking speculation that Liverpool could replace the 30-year-old this summer. However, Reina has recently said that he enjoys a good relationship with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
The Sunday People also reports on Arsenal’s interest in Vorm. The Netherlands international has been a big success since moving to Swansea in the summer of 2011 and is said to have an “affordable” buyout clause.
According to the People, it is Vorm, 29, who has impressed Arsenal’s scouts the most of all their targets.