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Arsenal Pull Out of Deal to Sign Cut-Price Brazilian International

by Bernard Thompson

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Gunners may now just go with their Poland international in goal instead next season. 

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Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has decided not to sign Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar this summer, according to reports in the Daily Star.

The highly experienced Brazil international had been expected to move across the capital when the transfer window reopened at the start of this month following the west London club’s relegation from the Premier League at the end of the previous campaign.

The 33-year-old only arrived at Loftus Road from Serie A giants Inter Milan on a four-year contract last August, having been signed by previous QPR boss Mark Hughes, and despite turning in several outstanding displays between the sticks for the struggling outfit in his 24 Premier League appearances last season, it was still not enough to prevent them from dropping down to the Championship.

As a result, it had fully been expected that Cesar would move to the Emirates, with the north London club known to be on the look-out for a new experienced shot stopper to put some much-needed pressure on current No 1 Wojciech Szczesny, who struggled badly at times for both form and confidence in goal for the Gunners in the previous campaign.

That, though, is not now the case after Wenger decided to pull out of a cut-price £1.5 million swoop for the Brazilian.


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