Arsenal has a very weird history with goalkeepers in the past few years.
From having world-class shot stoppers like David Seaman and Jens Lehmann in-between the sticks to suffering with Manuel Almunia in goal for three seasons, the Gunners have experienced it all when it comes who takes the number one spot in the starting XI.
This season has seen Bernd Leno establish himself as the clear starting keeper after Arsenal fans cringed at Petr Cech’s attempts to play out the back under Unai Emery, and the German has been a player that has improved as the season has progressed.
And with Cech retiring at the end of the season, the Gunners will be in need of a backup goalkeeper for next season, and an interesting name has popped up in the past few days.
According to the Shields Gazette, the Gunners are interested in Newcastle United keeper Freddie Woodman, along with Celtic, Everton and Fulham.
The 22-year-old shot-stopper is yet to feature in a Premier League game for Newcastle despite being earmarked as an England international one day in the future, and the London-born player is keen to leave the northeast for more opportunities.
Woodman was part of the England side that won the U-20 World Cup, with the keeper claiming the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper of the tournament, and the Englishman could be an ideal summer signing for the Gunners.
Arsenal need reinforcements in goal, and Emery is a manager who likes to rotate goalkeepers in cup competitions as well as having the tenacity to drop first-choice keepers if they aren’t performing in the big games.
Woodman’s age and international reputation makes him the perfect long-term replacement for Cech and an ideal backup keeper for Leno at Arsenal, and with the 22-year-old a London native, he could be tempted to return home should a bid come in from the Gunners.
Woodman, who earns £3k-a-week, according to Spotrac, could realistically cost Arsenal a fairly low amount, or around the same the amount the Gunners paid for David Ospina five years ago, another goalkeeper who could also be set to leave north London this summer.
Woodman ticks all the right boxes for an ideal backup goalkeeper. Young, potential to grow, homegrown, and cheap. What more could you want?
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