Arsenal closing in on new goalkeeper

Whilst many will be hoping that Arsenal can confirm their next signing fairly soon, with the opening weekend of the upcoming campaign less than two weeks away, it seems that Wenger cannot help himself when it comes to thinking of the future prospects on offer at the club.

Arsenal fans will be hoping that the Gunners’ next signing is a famous face of top quality and experience. Hopefully it is one of Lacazette, Mahrez or Mustafi, with all three being heavily linked with the Gunners over the past two weeks. Mahrez and Lacazette especially are reportedly in negotiations with Arsenal so fingers crossed, but right now all Arsenal have to show for tonight is that the Gunners have offered young Dutch goalkeeper Thomas Jonkerman a trial at the club.

The goalkeeper has joined the Gunners’ Under-19s on a pre-season trip to South Africa, with the youth side currently playing in the Durban International Cup. Jonkerman has been given the opportunity to show his qualities ahead of a potential move to the Gunners. According to the TransferMarkt, Jonkerman is currently contracted to the Nike Academy after leaving Dordrecht U19’s, so I am unsure on what terms of transfer would occur should Arsenal choose to to sign the youngster on a permanent basis.

Although Wenger obviously doesn’t intend to use Jonkerman in his first team plans (and so we shouldn’t be concerned he’s not focused on current transfer targets), it does concern me that Arsenal are looking to add yet another young goalkeeper to the ranks. Arsenal already have Martinez, Huddart, Macey and Iliev, just to name a few players currently behind first team goalies Cech, Ospina and Szczesny. We already have a number of goalkeepers in the pecking order, so what role does Jonkerman have to play if he was to join permanently?



  1. Wtf ??! We don’t need a new goalkkeeper nor do we need a midfielder, our priority right now is a FORWARD and a CB !

  2. new goalkeeper?Dont you see that there are other more important positions that need strengthening?
    bellerin kos ?? ??
    ?? xhaxa
    sanchez ozil ??

  3. If am correct, this is the second GK to have a trial with us this summer, the only way one can explain it is maybe our other young GKs aren’t good enough…

    If Martinez,Huddart and Illiev are deemed good enough, we won’t be searching for new Gks..
    Or what other reasons could we have????

    1. You can have several prospects at one time- Fabianski, Mannone, Sczeseny emerged at similar times from the youth setup.

  4. Hopefully, one day before the transfer window ends, we will wake up in the morning knowing that we have signed a good player.. .

    For now, we wait in anticipation….My refreshing tab on football website is tired of refreshing without signings.. .

  5. What a better way to make patient fans all go mental

    Announce the signing of another goalie on trial when we have question marks written all over the CB, CF & LW/RW positions
    [Wenger is ……]

    Less than 10days to the return of the EPL… And all Arsenal can offer so far is suspense and disgust!

    1. And a physically dominant midfielder with elite passing, vision, control and leadership qualities…

  6. Macey could be very good for Arsenal. He is incredibly tall (2m), 1 centimeter shorter than Forster.

  7. In summer 2011, fabregas and nasri were sold and not replaced. Wenger brought a sixteen year old to the academy.

    If wenger had not spent time persuading this young player to come to the acadamy, would fabregas and nasri have still left and not been replaced? Of course that would have happened, the issues are completely separate. Who now thinks that wenger should not have bothered with bellerin and concentrated solely on the fabregas/nasri issues.

    A young goal keeper travelling with our U19 has no bearing in our signing players for the first team. It is good that Wenger is looking to the future and signing young players.

    If anyone want to criticise wenger there are plenty of issues but continuing to attract young players to the club is not one of them.

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