The current campaign is nearly over, and with questions having been raised over Petr Cech’s retained ability this season, we thought we’d delve into who else could play between the sticks for next term.
Petr Cech has been our first-choice over the past two seasons having arrived from London rivals Chelsea, and he will be celebrating his 35th birthday on Saturday when we take on Everton at Goodison Park. 35 is far from being over the hill for most shot-stoppers, but he has put in a number of suspect displays this season, and many fans will be keen to see him replaced, or at least challenged.
David Ospina has been a great deputy for the former Czech international, but he is set to depart the club due to a lack of first-team opportunities. The Colombian has impressed in his three seasons in North-London, but he appears unable to convince Arsene Wenger that he deserves more outings.
Wojciech Szczesny is also on our books, but has spent the last two years on loan with Roma, and is believed to be wanted by a couple of top Italian sides. The Polish international was our first-choice goalkeeper prior to Cech’s arrival. Another loan deal seems off the cards with only one year left to run on his current contract, and he will either have to be sold, or given a reason to want to stay with our club, which would mean he will need guarantees on playing.
Emiliano Martinez is also under contract with our club, and will likely be looking for loan deal this summer. The 24 year-old impressed when given the chance this term, and looks a great prospect for the future. I don’t think Wenger is ready to trust him as first-choice currently, but he will most likely spend a year gaining more regular action, and hopefully he will blossom for a return a year later.
We are linked with moves to sign three new goalkeepers this summer, with Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and Keylor Navas just some of the names on our supposed watchlist. The latter is supposedly to become available if Real Madrid can sign a replacement for him, with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and Real Madrid’s David De Gea believed to be wanted. The English duo however are wanted by their current clubs, while Pickford’s side have just been relegated, and a move looks likely.
Pickford and Butland have grown into very exciting goalkeepers, and the former’s display against us in midweek was exceptional.
Who would you like to see as the Gunners first-choice next term?