Gunners have never truly replaced Jens Lehmnann in goal.
Arsenal will finally look to end their long-running search for a new top-class shot stopper by persuading Queens Park Rangers No 1 Julio Cesar to move to the Emirates at the end of the season, says the Daily Mirror.
It is an open secret in north London that Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger is far from happy with either of his current two keepers, Poland internationals Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski.
Neither goalkeeper has convinced between the posts for the club this season, with Wenger even dropping Szczesny earlier this year because he was, according to the Frenchman, mentally fatigued.
And now the Arsenal boss has decided enough is enough and that he must bring in an experienced, proven No 1 if the club are to finally bring an end to their defensive problems of the last few years, with QPR’s Brazil international believed to top his shortlist this summer.
Cesar, 33, may be contracted to the West London club until 2016, but the Mirror report that with QPR set to be relegated from the Premier League next month, that owner Tony Fernandes is desperate to remove high earners such as the Brazilian from the club’s wage bill.
And, with 67 international caps, one UEFA Champions League, five Serie A titles and over 450 matches to his name, Cesar would be the ideal man to end Arsenal’s search for a new keeper.