The Europa League final is set to be one of Arsenal’s most important games in a very long time.
Win, and the Gunners land themselves a spot in the Champions League for the first time in two seasons and an injection of cash that Unai Emery desperately needs in order to improve the squad over the summer. Lose, and Arsenal return to step one in their quest to return to European’s elite competition and face a summer of cheap signings and mass player sales.
But the final will also be a sombre one, in large part because of Petr Cech.
The veteran goalkeeper is in line to make his final ever appearance in professional football in Baku against the team he made his name at, and with Cech retiring the Gunners are in need of a new backup at the club, and a recent name could prove to be the answer.
According to Bild, Arsenal are interested in Dynamo Dresden goalkeeper Markus Schubert, who will be leaving the East German side this season on a free when his deal with the 2.Bundesliga side runs out.
A first-team player since the age of 18, the Germany U-21 keeper has made a name for himself in Germany in the past two seasons as a player with the potential to one day represent the senior national team. And, Schubert, who is valued at £900,000 on Transfermarkt, would prove to be an excellent addition this summer for the Gunners.
At 20-years-old, the German is in the early days of his footballing career yet already has enough experience in a respected league to be a suitable backup option for Arsenal next season. And, playing understudy to Bernd Leno, Schubert will be learning from not only a fellow countryman but also a keeper who has proven to be one of the best in England this campaign.
Cech has had a lasting impact on the Premier League and at Arsenal, but in Schubert, the Gunners will have a keeper who can take the goalkeeping great’s place on the bench and one day be a successor to Leno in the future.
Arsenal fans, would Schubert be a good replacement for Cech? Let us know!
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