Arsenal Poll: Szczesny or Martinez to be backup to Cech next season?

Following a lot of speculation in regards to his future, the Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is said to be on his way out of the club, with Turkish side Fenerbahce said to have agreed a cut-price £3 million deal for the Colombian, according to reports from the Daily Express.

It has been no secret that Ospina has been left frustrated by his lack of opportunities in the Premier League. Petr Cech is Arsenal’s undisputed Number 1 at the moment and following his failure to displace the Czech Republic international, it appears Ospina has had enough at the Emirates and is expected to complete his move to the Turkish giants shortly, with a medical said to be scheduled next week.

So where do Arsenal go from here? Well, Emiliano Martinez has progressed quite well and could be made the Gunners’ Number 2 for next season. The young Argentine certainly took the opportunities he was afforded last season with both hands and looks to have a lot of potential and Wenger may well be tempted to name the youngster as the understudy to Petr Cech next season.

But lest we forget, there is another keeper in the fray. Since moving to Roma on a loan deal, Wojciech Szczesny has probably had the best two years of his career and has improved on all the aspects that he was criticised for during his spell as Arsenal’s Number 1. The fact that Juventus see him as the long-term replacement to Gianluigi Buffon speaks volumes of the player’s talent, but it remains unclear whether Wenger will opt to keep hold of him.

Personally, I would bring Szczesny back and reinstate him as the club’s first-choice keeper. Besides, Petr Cech did not have a great season last term, despite his late upturn in form. I believe Martinez can be sent out on loan to gain match experience, preferably to a Premier League or Championship club.

But at 35 years of age, Cech would not be willing to sit on the bench and neither will Szczesny considering the form he’s been in and the interest from Juventus. Taking all this into consideration, it will be very interesting to see what Wenger does in regards to the goalkeeping dilemma at the Emirates, but who do YOU think should be our backup keeper next season?

Who should be Arsenal's reserve keeper next season?

  • Wojciech Szczesny (56%, 185 Votes)
  • Emiliano Martinez (44%, 143 Votes)

Total Voters: 328

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  1. Just 3mil for Ospina???.Fererbahce have got a right bargain there.If Wenger doesn’t get another GK then Martinez back up to Cech would be ideal.

  2. Szczesny
    He has PL experience with Arsenal and experience with Roma
    He is a Premier League Golden Glove winner (like Cech)
    He deserves a chance

    1. But he won’t warm the bench, just as Ospina didn’t. And they’re both well near their 30s.
      Szczesny will be sold 100%.

  3. £3 million is too low
    Ospina is much better than players that price would normally get
    They got a bargain methinks

  4. Bellerin Just posted on his twitter: “Dont believe anything you read”
    Next thing you know, “Barca offered me 300k a week not 200k”

    jokes, but lets hope Hector stays

  5. I think Wenger just decided to allow the sale to be done at such a price for the fact that he has put up with his situation for a while now and hasn’t been disruptive or outspoken in a bad way via media.
    As far of who should take over I have Szczesny. And yes he was everything you didn’t want in a goalkeeper in his 1st stint:
    -Lacked focus in games
    -Not committed off the field
    -Greatly talented but yet not a hard worker
    But since than Roma seem to have change him, made him a better keeper. He is focused as little if at all mental collapses. He commands his back line properly and with his height is great in the air. He is among the top in that league in key saves per game and clean sheets. Simply put his grown leaps and bounds since we last saw him at the emirates. He wouldn’t cost a thing and even tough he is open to leave he said as much that it would be if Wenger makes it clear he doesn’t want him. Wages too wouldn’t be too steep.
    Unless we get Leno, Donnarumma or the 2nd Atletico Goalkeeper, keep Szczesny.

  6. Ospina is way much better than elderson and a proven goalkeeper. Then why so much of price difference.

  7. If Szczesny Doesn’t mind coming back to play for Arsenal then we should bring him back as No.1 keeper with Cech as back up, Cech didn’t exactly fill me with confidence due to his performances last season and needs to do better, maybe Szczesny will be better competition for the ex Chelsea player. Martinez is a good young keeper who needs more experience at the top level but isn’t up to the standard of Szczesny or Cech.

  8. A new keeper is sure to be bought to complete the number, if Ospina leaves.
    Aaah!! Szczeny has had his opportunities, and the way he threw it away was like taken out of the Calciopoli textbook.
    He, I cannot see him back in goal for the Arsenal again.

    1. Think a good measure goalkeeper is actually needed, Petr Cech did not stop a single penalty, and all were on target, that gives us a goal deficit before every game now.

      1. How do you work out its a golf every gamr ? Are you saying Arsenal are guaranteed to give a penalty every game ?
        For me unless we get Pickford as back up to take over from Cech in a year or two then let Martinez have a go.. he seemed to do ok when he played this season and only one way to find out if he is going to be good enough ! no value in him staying 3rd choice

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