Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Bernd Leno have both rubbished claims about a potential summer move for the German (read here), but stranger things have happened in football.
Leno could well suffer the same fate as Emi Martinez did last summer if a decent enough bid comes in. We all know Arsenal have to raise funds to do what Arteta really wants to do in the transfer window, and our number one could well be sacrificed to achieve that.
That wouldn’t really be the wisest of moves, but it’s still very possible. The Gunners will have to find a good enough replacement for Leno if we decide to sell him, but sadly, there aren’t many quality options available on the market at the moment.
Someone like Maty Ryan is a good option as a backup, but he’s definitely not an upgrade over Leno. David Raya was heavily linked last summer, but Brentford could well get promoted to the Premier League, and that might complicate things on that front.
Athletic Bilbao star Unai Simon has been linked as well, but the Spaniard has committed six times as many errors leading to goal this season in La Liga as Leno has in the Premier League. (Read here)
That leaves Arsenal with very few options on the market, but Gooners have come to Edu and Arteta’s rescue with a stunning suggestion.
Some Arsenal fans want Edu to sign Freddie Woodman
Many Arsenal supporters were glued to their TV sets last night to watch Barnsley vs Swansea City. The Swans edged a step closer to achieving promotion back to the Premier League, but things would’ve been very different if Freddie Woodman wasn’t in goal.
The Newcastle United loanee was the star of the show last night as he made four saves – two of which were simply outstanding in the second half. He almost single-handedly kept Swansea in the tie, and many Arsenal fans want him at the Emirates next season.
The Athletic revealed back in January that the Gunners considered a move for Woodman before we signed Ryan on loan. It was a complicated deal to complete in the winter window, but that doesn’t mean Edu and Arteta don’t like him anymore.
Woodman has kept a staggering 22 clean-sheets in all competitions this season. He has conceded just 44 goals in 50 appearances for the Swans, and everybody who has watched him this term is convinced that he will become England’s number one very soon.
The 24-year-old is under contract until the summer of 2023 at Newcastle United. However, the Magpies already have Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow, who have both been brilliant for them over the last 18 months.
That could push Woodman out of the door this summer and Arsenal fans believe that the Englishman would be perfect for Arteta’s side – either as a replacement to Leno or as someone who can come in and compete with him for the number one role.