Luke Hatfield from the Express and Star believes that Sam Johnstone is better than Bernd Leno and would be Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Despite the German being the Gunners number one since joining from Bayer Leverkusen three years ago, Mikel Arteta is looking to add another keeper to his ranks this summer.
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David Ornstein has revealed that Johnstone, fresh from his European Championships campaign with England, is being tracked by Arsenal.
Arteta remains in the market for another goalkeeper after Mathew Ryan joined Real Sociedad following his brief spell on loan during the second half of last season, whilst his other senior stopper Runar Alex Runarsson is set to leave after featuring just six times.
But following Johnstone’s outstanding form for West Brom last season, which saw him make more saves than anyone else, even though it allowed him to keep just six clean sheets, Hatfield reckons that he would be targeting the number one spot at the Emirates.
He told The Transfer Tavern:
“He won’t want to be a number two, but I suppose the question is, would he be a number two at Arsenal?
“It seems now that Arsenal made a big mistake when they sold Emi Martinez to Villa because Leno is a player that I was always impressed by, but if Sam Johnstone was there last season, would he be ahead of him in the pecking order? I would say yes, Johnstone is a better keeper than Leno now. He has impressed for West Brom and at England level as well.”
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