Arsenal could attempt to solve their goalkeeping woes by signing Swansea City's Michel Vorm this summer. That's according to a report in The Daily Mirror. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is thought to be searching for a new goalkeeper to finally fix a position that has been a weakness since 2007.
It was during the start of the 2007/08 campaign that Wenger dumped Jens Lehmann. The German veteran was guilty of a pair of high-profile blunders against Fulham and Blackburn Rovers.
Arsenal have struggled mightily to fill the void ever since. Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianski, Vito Mannone and Wojciech Szczesny have all failed to convince as the solution. Each has suffered their own share of calamities.
Szczesny looked the most likely candidate, after making a fast and impressive start to life in Arsenal's first team. His first game was at Old Trafford against Manchester United, in December, 2010.
He made a series of brilliant stops on the night, despite a 1-0 loss. Wenger appeared to have unearthed another youthful star in the making. However, slowly but surely, Szczesny's game has deteriorated.
Always confident to the point of cavalier arrogance, Szczesny's basic mechanics haven't improved. He still concedes too often from shots outside the box and his judgment of crosses is very suspect.
However, it is the question marks about attitude that most often blight Szczesny's game. When Wenger finally consigned him to the bench for Arsenal's two most recent fixtures, he was quick to mention Szczesny's questionable "mental state."
It certainly remains unclear whether Szczesny has the right application and determination to rectify his flaws. He has quickly tumbled from being a player on the rise, to a goalkeeper expected to make a mistake.
That's prompted Wenger to give Fabianksi another chance to prove his worth. Signed from Legia Warsaw in 2007, Fabianksi's Arsenal career has been littered with embarrassing blunders and unfortunate injuries.
He has talent, but often lacks confidence and the decisive streak all quality 'keepers possess. What he has done is keep a clean sheet in Arsenal's last two matches, both wins. However, even with that, Fabianski still doesn't yet seem like a long-term starter.
However, Vorm could be just that. The 29-year-old is an ultra-athletic shot stopper who shone for Swansea in 2011. He hasn't been quite as dominant this term, splitting some time with backup Gerhard Tremmel.
However, whether that would prompt Swansea into a sale is debatable. The report in The Mirror references a reasonably priced release clause in Vorm's contract, yet doesn't say what the actual figure is.
What is clear is that Vorm is a skilled goalkeeper who would certainly inspire more confidence than any of Arsenal's current options at the position. If Wenger gets the chance to acquire an English Premier League tested goalkeeper of Vorm's quality, he should certainly take it.1047832