There were many Arsenal rumours over the summer regarding possible backups to the Gunners Number One Wojciech Szczesny, but with both Lukas Fabianski and Vito Mannone both remaining at the club (not to mention Damien Martinez) it seemed unlikely that Arsene Wenger would be seriously looking at experienced shot-stoppers.
But now it has been revealed that the Brazilian international keeper Julio Cesar was close to a move to the Emirates before he got snapped up by Arsenal’s big-spending neighbours QPR. Cesar said: “I accepted this proposal because I wanted to live in London.
“I have an amazing way of life here and I’m giving my family a great opportunity to grow up culturally.
“I talked with Arsenal in the last transfer window, and they were really happy about me playing for them, but at the last minute I moved to QPR.
“QPR has a project, and I dream about that project coming true. But I came here because I was thinking about my future once I quit football, that’s true.”
There are probably many Arsenal fans wishing that Cesar had joined Arsenal since the injuries to both Szczesny and Fabianski has meant that the inexperienced Vito Mannone has played nearly every game so far this season.
Then again, Wenger has already admitted that he thought that someone would have bought Mannone in the summer, and Fabianski has also made it clear that he’s not happy playing second fiddle to his younger countryman, so perhaps Wenger was just covering himself in case either moved on?