Thursday, September 29, 2022

Arsenal Eye Spanish Youngster As A Long Term Option On Goal: Perfect Fit For The Gunners

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Arsenal are having a rather mixed start to the season so far in the Premier League and are looking nowhere near the form that they would like to be in as the potential title contenders. They have won three matches of their first six matches so far and have been very much inconsistent in their approach this season.

The man in charge at the Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger, is looking to revamp his side and give it the much needed impetus that it lacked in the last season, that lead them to finish outside the top four for the first time since 1998 and which saw them lose their place in the most elite club competition in Europe, the Champions League.

He spent well this summer and brought in some new players to be added to his squad but that move has not been able to turn the tables for his side so far.

Wenger, other than being worried about only his side’s attacking proposition, has also been looking to bring in players to revamp his backline and might make a move for a new goalkeeper in the winter transfer window. The first choice shot-stopper of his current side, Petr Cech, is already 35 years of age and there is a possibility that the North London club might not extend his current contract, which ends in the next summer.

One player who is eyed by the Gunners to be brought in as a replacement for the Czech Republic veteran is the Spanish youngster Kepa Arrizabalaga, who is presently playing in the La Liga for Athletic Bilbao. The 22-year-old is one of the most highly rated goalkeepers in Spanish football right now and has shown his capability for his side underneath the crossbars since his arrival in 2014.

The young custodian has been in good form for Atletic Bilbao and has kept 19 clean sheets for them in the 50 appearances he has made for the club so far. This has made him a potential transfer target for a number of clubs all over Europe, with the North London club leading the race to sign the Spaniard in the next transfer window.

Reportedly, the player has asked for a pay hike from his current club, which might lead to a scuppering of talks about a new contract if the 22-year-old does not get what he is demanding. The Gunners are looking to take full advantage of the situation and might present Arrizabalaga with an offer to join their club. But is he the right man for them?

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