Arsenal identify new target as Leno replacement

Arsenal identify back-up to Ramsdale

West Bromwich Albion’s Sam Johnstone is one of the names that is being considered to replace Bernd Leno at the Emirates Stadium.

According to Daily Star’s journalist Alex Wood, Arsenal will chase the 28-year-old if they fail to land their top priority in Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale.

The Sheffield United man is reportedly the Gunners’ main target for the goalkeeping position this summer. However, deal for the Englishman might be ruled out if The Blades don’t lower their asking price of around £30 million.

Both goalkeepers, who the North London outfit are keeping tracks on, are full England internationals. The duo got a nod for the European Championships ahead of the likes of Burnley’s Nick Pope and Manchester United’s Dean Henderson, who were ruled out of the competition through injury.

If the Gunners pull the plug on Ramsdale, they are expected to make a move for Johnstone, who is valued at £20 million by the Baggies.

It’s clear from the goalkeeper links that Arsenal are trying to recruit a shot-stopper who ticks the box of ‘homegrown status.’

With the likes of Ainsley Maitland Niles, Reiss Nelson, Hector Bellerin, Eddie Nketiah and even Joe Willock looking likely to leave London, the Gunners will have considerably lower numbers in the homegrown department come next campaign.

Thus, it’s rational that one of the slots they are trying to secure is of a keeper.

Although Leno can be trusted with his hands, the German’s distribution and failure to command the six-yard box is the issue that technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta hope to address in the current shop window.

Johnstone and Ramsdale have been identified by the club who can provide what Leno can’t.

The Gunners have even been linked to Ajax’s Andre Onana. However, things are complicated because the Cameroonian won’t be able to feature in the team until the first week of November.

Two months from then, the 25-year-old will then fly off to Africa to take part in the African Cup of Nations at the start of 2022. That has instantly put off many suitors and Arsenal are believed to be one of them.

What goalkeeper would you like to see if Leno leaves? Although few reports have suggested that the German had a change of heart and is willing to stay, in my opinion, if Arsenal get a chance to replace Leno with a goalkeeper with good distribution skills and commanding presence inside the twelve-yard-box, the club should go all out!

But it’s also worth considering that the goalkeeping department should be one of our last priorities in the summer where already there is so much to do.

Yash Bisht

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16 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    Pope would be worth a gamble…as for Ramsdale – no!!!

    OT.. Ooooooospina saved 2 penalties last night, knocking out Suarez!! Surprised he wasn’t bitten 😄

    1. Kobin says:

      Good one Sue. You never fail to leave me in stitches. Ooooooooospina must have fled the crime scene before Count Suarez could sink his teeth in.

  2. Ozziegunner says:

    It was thought that Arsenal was going for a back up keeper, but according to this article this is not the case.
    Mat Ryan is apparently going to Real Sociadad.
    Onana is apparently going to Inter Milan.
    Why would Arsenal sell Joe Willock, given his position, his form and that he is home grown?
    While Arsenal are chasing Sam Johnstone at West Bromwich Albion, they should also talk to Manuel Pereira as a prospective CAM.

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      Oops Matheus Pereira (not Manuel)

      1. Gogo says:

        The Pereira partexcites me.

  3. Joe Allysons says:

    Arsenal fans logic can be baffling. You don’t have a backup keeper and you want to sell your starter.

    You don’t have an attacking midfieder, think a priority is replacing a right back.
    And then you have the audacity to say the club is getting priorities wrong.

    1. VasC says:

      We don’t need a backup keeper. Heck, we don’t even need a keeper in our starting eleven.

      We’ve got our golden boy WILLIAN!!!

      He’s got everything covered.

      We are gonna lift the Champions League next season!!!

      We are Arsenal!!! COYG!!!

  4. Sims says:

    Lol it’s just a circus at Arsenal nowadays ain’t it. Drug cheat Onana, bag of nerves Runnarson and the twice relegated Ramsdale 😂 you couldn’t make it up. Now we wanna sell our first choice GK a year after choosing him over Martinez? Sigh… Good times ahead, can’t wait for the season to start though…

    1. VasC says:

      Circus, it is!!! Got that right.

      Especially jetting out Martinez last summer in favour of Leno and seeking a replacement for Leno this summer.

      Wish for the transfer window to slam shut this very moment.

  5. Woodman Baggie says:

    Johnston and Pereira? That should fetch no less than £55-60m for the Albion, thanks. Better still, we keep them.

  6. cerry sasaka says:

    there no better keeper out there than Leno.if the highest goals arsenal conceded last season were 3 against Liverpool and west ham. compare to other keeppers. e.g degea of MAN U CONCEDED 7,MARTINES 4 e.tc. who failed us. its our strikers who failed to score more goal. on average if our strikers would have scored 2 or 3 goals in every game we could have won the league. Wengar’s philosophy was “they will score but i will score more.

    1. Durand says:

      Kinda hard when Arteta has 11 men behind the ball defending. Our individual defenders did not improve, he merely had 11 men behind defending.

      That’s why the attack was on life support and the strikers were anemic. Auba won golden boot first year, and missed the following year to Vardy by 1 goal.

      Last year the focus on defense killed the attack.

      1. VasC says:

        No need for any worry.

        Next season our golden boy Willian is gonna deliver the Champions League trophy. Everything else will be forgotten.

  7. Websurfer says:

    Targets for a Leno replacement? This is beyond me, why everybody are so busy about talking about a replacement for Leno. We should keep Leno and give him respect for everything he has done for Arsenal. He is IMO a top quality keeper. Every player has his ups and downs, and so has Leno. But in the long run Arsenal are wise, if the club keep Leno. A lot of replacement options do not have the standard of Bernd Leno. Sorry to say but it’s true. Remember how many times Leno has saved Arsenal from loosing a match. Plenty of times. He has simply been outstanding most of his time at Arsenal.
    So again I have to repeat: It is beyond me, why everybody are so busy about talking about a replacement

    1. Sue says:

      Agreed 👍👍 I think it all stems from his ‘open to new adventure’ comment, people just assume he wants out, even though he said he was happy at Arsenal!

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