It was an awful first week back in the Premier League for Arsenal, as losses to Manchester City and Brighton see the club sit 10th with only eight games to go.
Everything seemed to go wrong, and injuries have started to pile up. Supporters of the Gunners would have been particularly worried as Bernd Leno had to be stretchered off against Brighton and looks to be out for the season at least.
Reserve goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was brought in but he is now Arsenal’s only senior shot stopper and manager Mikel Arteta might have to look towards free transfers in this position. This has seen the club linked with former England international Joe Hart.
According to The Express, due to Leno possibly being out of action for a full year, the North London side could be tempted to swoop for ex-Manchester City star Hart.
Would Joe Hart be a good signing?
The goalkeeper will be available on a free transfer from June 30th after it was announced by his current club Burnley, via Sky Sports, that they would not be extending his contract at the club.
Martinez is seen as nothing more than an emergency/reserve goalkeeper at the Emirates, proven by the fact that he has only made 26 appearances for Arsenal since signing for the club ten years ago in 2010, per Transfermarkt.
Meanwhile it would be a big risk, and possibly unfair for Arsenal to look to other goalkeepers in their youth at a time when they are playing poorly and conceding a lot of goals. With the outfield players lacking confidence, and the general morale around the football club very poor, it would not be a good time to throw a young goalkeeper in at the deep end.
Despite his drop in form over the last couple of seasons, Hart has a lot of experience both on the international stage and at the top of the Premier League as he won the title with Manchester City on two occasions whilst racking up 75 England caps, via Transfermarkt.
To get the 33 year-old on a free would mean there is little risk attached and he would just add some much needed squad depth, so it could be a very sensible decision for Arteta to bring him to the club, as long as he isn’t demanding a ridiculous wage.
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