Transfer Battle: Joe Hart vs Kepa Arrizabalaga

Goalkeepers headlined the transfer window in England over the summer with both Liverpool and Chelsea paying huge fees to bring in Alisson and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The latter arrived at Stamford Bridge from Athletic Bilbao for £71m (via BBC Sport), a world-record sum for a goalkeeper, following Thibaut Courtois’ departure to Real Madrid and has settled well in his new surroundings.

Meanwhile, lower down the Premier League table, Burnley also acquired a new No.1 after they signed Joe Hart from Manchester City.

So how do the Burnley and Chelsea shot-stoppers compare?

Joe Hart

The last couple of years have not been easy for Hart. After being deemed surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, the 31-year-old would go on to have disappointing loan spells with Serie A outfit Torino and West Ham before being axed from the England set-up by Gareth Southgate.

Hart, however, has since gone through a bit of a revival at Burnley, impressing in his nine Premier League games so far for the club.

It remains to be seen whether Hart is capable of recapturing the form he showed during his peak years at Manchester City. But the Shrewsbury Town youth product is still a very good shot-stopper who has the potential to win points single-handedly with a game-defining save.

At £3.5m (via BBC Sport), if he can maintain his level of performances, then Hart may just prove to be one of the bargains of the season.

TT Grade: B-

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Given the timing of his transfer and how much Chelsea were forced to pay in the end, Kepa may have seemed like a panic buy to some at first.

However, the 24-year-old has been far from that and is exactly the kind of goalkeeper Maurizio Sarri requires for his style of football.

Kepa is extremely confident on the ball with both his feet and is able to play accurate passes to his team-mates regardless of where they are on the pitch.

Most importantly, though, the Spain international is a brilliant shot-stopper, something he showed in recent games against Southampton and MOL Vidi.

And at 6’2″ — not the tallest of heights for a goalkeeper — Kepa has surprisingly looked largely comfortable when dealing with balls coming into the box and the overall physicality of the Premier League.

TT Grade: A-

TT Verdict:

At 31, Hart is obviously the more experienced goalkeeper of the two both at club and international level.

The Burnley man has had stints at Manchester City, Torino and West Ham while he has been capped 75 times for England.

Kepa, on the other hand, has played for Spain on just two occasions and is, of course, still fairly new to the Premier League.

That being said, the ex-Athletic Bilbao shot-stopper still has all the tools necessary to become a world-class modern-day goalkeeper, something which he should be able to achieve at Chelsea.

With that in mind, it is hard to look past Kepa being the better goalkeeper here.

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