When Arsenal signed Bernd Leno last summer from Bayer Leverkusen, not many fans expected their new man between the sticks to be this good.
Although clean sheets have been few and far between for the Gunners this season, mainly in large part to a defence that have more holes than Swiss cheese, Leno has been an overwhelming success in his debut year in north London, firmly establishing himself as the club’s number one for years to come and a fan favourite at Arsenal.
The German international has done well to win plaudits in the Premier League this season since the move, but rumours are starting to circulate that Unai Emery is already on the look for a new keeper this summer, and this should worry supporters.
According to Plaza Deportiva, the Gunners are interested in Valencia keeper Neto, who is likely to be sold this summer after an impressive season with the La Liga team, conceding 34 goals in 34 league games for Marcelino’s team.
The 29-year-old, who is valued at £16.2 million on Transfermarkt, has been a success since his move to Valencia from Juventus two years ago, and although Neto would be a quality addition to Arsenal as a backup for the retiring Petr Cech, Emery will be foolish to move in for the goalkeeper.
With a reported release clause of £70 million, Neto is way too expensive for what Arsenal have to play with this summer, and with other positions of the team needing to be improved such as the aforementioned defence, splashing a ridiculous amount of funds on a player the club don’t really need will be a foolish move from the Gunners transfer committee.
There’s no doubt had Leno not been as good as he has been this season the prospect of signing Neto would be an enticing one for Arsenal fans, but with the German doing so well and Valencia demanding too much for their keeper, Emery must look elsewhere for that backup shot-stopper the club need this summer.
Arsenal fans, how much should the club sell on a backup keeper this summer? Let us know!