Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina are both being linked with moves this summer, but the club are likely to keep one of the pair as back-up to Petr Cech.
The Czech international has been amazing since making the switch across London last summer, and deservedly earned the Golden Glove award in his debut season with our beloved club. There is no doubt that he will start the new season as the number one, but who will be his back-up?
Ospina was the man to warm the bench for the former Chelsea star this term, but he is believed to have grown frustrated with his lack of football, and is said to be ‘determined’ to leave the club with Everton and Besiktas named as potential suitors.
Szczesny spent the entire last term on loan with Roma, and enjoyed an extended run in their first team. The Polish international may struggle to retain his number one role following the signing of Brazilian Allison, but the Serie A giants are believed to remain keen on keeping him on a temporary basis for the new season regardless.
Should the Colombian shot-stopper be sold this window, allowing Wojciech to leave on a temporary deal seems highly-unlikely, unless Arsene Wenger has a new-found confidence in youth product Matt Macey, who has been operating as the club’s third choice this term.
The 21 year-old is yet to make his senior debut for Arsenal, and has only four appearances out on loan with Accrington Stanley to call on, so for me he is unlikely to earn the number two role, not for this season at least.
We could of course cut ties with both Szczesny and Ospina and bring in a new option to play behind Cech, but with two decent back-ups already in the squad, I would expect one to stay on.
Let us know your thoughts in our poll below.
Who should play back-up to Cech this season?
- Ospina (43%, 114 Votes)
- Szczesny (31%, 83 Votes)
- Sign someone new (16%, 42 Votes)
- Matt Macey (10%, 27 Votes)
Total Voters: 266