Gunners are still said to be in the look-out for a new No 1 at the Emirates.
Arsenal have been alerted by the news that legendary Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas may decide to quit the Spanish giants after all when the winter transfer window does finally reopen for business for the year in January, according to reports in the Independent.
The future of the Spain international at the Santiago Bernabeu has been in grave doubt for some time now, with Casillas having initially been dropped by previous Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho last Christmas in favour of back-up shot stopper Diego Lopez.
However, the 32-year-old was expected to be immediately restored to los Blancos’ starting lineup after Mourinho’s departure from the Spanish capital at the end of the previous campaign, only for his replacement in the White House, Carlo Ancelotti, to surprisingly keep faith with Lopez between the sticks in La Liga this season.
And despite Casillas being utilised by the Italian in the club’s Uefa Champions League fixtures, the keeper has now admitted for the very first time that he would consider leaving Madrid in the new year if the present situation continues, especially with this season ending as it does with the World Cup finals in Brazil in which La Roja are the defending champions.
“Players go through moments when if you are not playing a part you think about making some sort of decision,” Casillas is reported as saying by local media in Madrid.
“Of course I want to stay here, winning more titles with Real Madrid.
“I have been here since I was a small boy but the day will come when maybe a decision will have to be made.
“I have decided I want to be part of this squad for a long time but if the situation doesn’t change in three months and you ask me the same question perhaps I will answer that I am planning to leave.”