Arsenal supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much relishing the new era under new manager Unai Emery, who replaced Arsene Wenger in the Gunners hotseat earlier this month.
The Spaniard takes over at the Emirates Stadium following Wenger’s departure after 22 years in charge of the North London giants, in which time he led the club to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup crowns. However, things became more difficult for the Frenchman in his final few years in charge, with Emery taking over a side that finished sixth in the top-flight this season, a staggering 37 points adrift of champions Manchester City.
But with trophy-winning pedigree, many of our resident Arsenal fans are excited by the new era under Emery, and as such will be hoping that he can make some telling signings over the summer to inspire the club towards a title push next time round.
And one man who could be on his way to the Emirates is goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, with recent reports linking him with a move to Arsenal, and indeed North London rivals Tottenham.
But with Hugo Lloris the undisputed number one at Spurs, and questions over how much longer Petr Cech can perform at the highest level, the £2.25 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) should forget Tottenham and instead opt for Emery’s Arsenal.
Ultimately, France international Lloris has been a key part of Tottenham’s success under Mauricio Pochettino in the last few years, with the 31-year-old the captain of the North London club, and having kept an impressive 90 clean sheets in 254 appearances for Spurs.
And as part of a backline that have again been one of the best in the Premier League this term, Lloris’ place is unlikely to come under too much threat from Southampton’s McCarthy, whereas things might be slightly different at Arsenal.
And that’s because, at the age of 36, former Czech Republic international Cech is in the twilight of his career, and didn’t always convince in the Arsenal goal this term in shipping 48 goals in 34 Premier League games, keeping 11 clean sheets.
As such, new boss Emery may well be on the lookout for his next long-term goalkeeper at the Emirates Stadium, and with back-up David Ospina also unconvincing, McCarthy could well be his man.
The 28-year-old enjoyed a fine season at St Mary’s, with the Englishman brought in by former boss Mauricio Pellegrino back in December due to Fraser Forster’s poor form, from which McCarthy held the gloves for the rest of the campaign following several fine performances.
Arguably, the former Crystal Palace shot-stopper played as big a part as anyone in keeping Southampton in the top-flight, thus underling his credentials at Premier League level after a tricky few seasons away from first team football.
Obviously, making the step up to Arsenal is likely to be testing for McCarthy, but his goalkeeping ability is certainly there, while there is a greater likelihood of first team football at the Emirates than there is across the capital at Spurs. And having spent much of his career as a number two goalkeeper, the 28-year-old will know better than most how tough it is playing second-fiddle.
As such, for the better of his career progression, McCarthy should forget about Spurs and instead opt for North London rivals Arsenal this summer.
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