Arsenal supporters have been pretty miserable in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their side’s wretched Premier League away form continue courtesy of a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United.
Arsene Wenger’s men went into their meeting with the North East giants on Sunday having failed to pick up any points on their travels in 2018, losing all four of their matches on the road in the league. Yet things looked set to change at St James’ Park when Alexandre Lacazette gave the Gunners the lead, only for Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie to hit back for Rafa Benitez’s side and thus secure all three points, a result which leaves Arsenal just two points ahead of seventh place Burnley.
As such, there have been many despondent Gunners fans in the Tavern this week, several of whom are growing greatly concerned by Burnley’s recent revival, given there are just two points between the two heading into the final few games of the season.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Arsenal fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire.
And while there is little doubting that the England international would be a useful addition to Wenger’s squad, they should forget about Maguire and instead seek to land his £9 million-rated Leicester teammate Kasper Schmeichel (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, current Arsenal number one Petr Cech has endured a testing year between the sticks at the Emirates Stadium, with the former Czech Republic international guilty of errors that he perhaps wouldn’t have made a few years ago during his prime.
As such, Wenger simply has to be thinking about his next long-term goalkeeper, and while Schmeichel isn’t overly young at the age of 31, there’s little doubt that he has the ability to take over from 35-year-old Cech.
The Denmark international played a significant part in helping the Foxes win the Premier League title back in 2016, appearing in all 38 of their league games and keeping 15 clean sheets to help them to the most unlikely of title triumphs, in which they finished ten points clear of the Gunners in second.
Perhaps more impressively though were Schmeichel’s efforts the season after, with the former Manchester City man starring in a Leicester side that seriously struggled in their title defence, and were very much grateful to Schmeichel, and indeed manager Craig Shakespeare, for guiding them out of trouble.
The 31-year-old kept 14 clean sheets in all competitions that term to deservedly win the club’s Player of the Season award, with the Dane arguably the only Foxes player that season to produce the same high-level performances he did during the 2015/16 campaign.
And with five clean sheets in their Champions League run to the quarter-finals, it’s clear that the 31-year-old has pedigree on the European stage as well, which is sure to be of interest to Wenger as he bids to take Arsenal back into Europe’s elite competition in the years to come.
Thus, there is little doubting that Schmeichel has the ability to take over from Cech as Arsenal’s number one goalkeeper, which is why they must consider a move for him as opposed to his Leicester teammate Maguire.
Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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