A sense of restlessness above and beyond that sense of ennui known as the human condition has taken hold of Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler.
Insecurities regarding his national team chances have led to rumours he may seek a move to a more high-profile club in January and Arsenal – 11/20 to qualify from Champions League Group F – have been touted as a likely destination.
Adler has twice been approached by the Gunners in the past.
The Hamburg stopper was of great interest to Arsenal in his teens, first turning down a move to north London for the more alluring offer of a professional contract at Bayer Leverkusen at the tender age of 15.
Subsequently there was more interest from Arsene Wenger and his minions after Adler shone at the Under-20 World Cup in the Netherlands.
The 12-cap German international has lost his national team place to Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.
Adler was Germany’s first-choice goalie on the road to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but was denied his chance of making the plane by a rib injury, having already made the squad.
The Metro suggests that he feels he may need to leave the Bundesliga’s fourth-bottom club in order to convince Joachim Low to reinstate him at Neuer’s expense.
Adler is quoted as saying ‘It’s a big honour for me if a club like Arsenal are interested in me’ in the same organ and the Gunners are firmly in the mix to offer him Champions League exposure well into the New Year.
Emiliano Viviano has made the bench in just one of 13 Premier League and Champions League games this term.
The keeper Arsenal loaned in from Fiorentina has six caps for Italy but has largely failed to displace Lukasz Fabianski on the bench let alone Wojciech Szczesny between the posts.
As such a new keeper capable of pushing the occasionally error-prone Polish incumbent or indeed replacing him could still be a priority and Adler could be the solution for a price understood to be in the region of £4m.