Fabrizio Romano has shed some more light on Arsenal’s reported interest in Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana.
Goal first revealed a month ago that the Gunners are really interested in the Cameroonian shot-stopper and multiple outlets have since backed that claim. It really does seem like the interest is genuine, but there is a huge hurdle to cross.
Onana is currently serving a lengthy suspension for consuming a banned substance. He is not allowed to play until February next year, but the 26-year appealed that sentence last week, and he is awaiting the verdict.
Fabrizio Romano: Arteta’s Arsenal think Onana is the perfect goalkeeper
Any move for Onana will depend on the result of his appeal. If he is allowed to play again soon, Arsenal are set to make a move for him, and Romano has revealed that Arteta, Edu and the Gunners view him as ‘the perfect goalkeeper’.
He said on the Here We Go podcast: “Contacts are going on [with Arsenal]. They are waiting for the situation of the ban of Onana to understand how long it will be.
“Arsenal are still in talks with the agents of Onana. They are really interested in him. They see him as the perfect goalkeeper, but the suspension will be key to understand what’s happening.”
The Insider’s View:
Onana may not be perfect, but he checks all the boxes that Arteta is looking for. The Ajax star’s shot-stopping, reflexes and positioning in goal are fantastic, but his best trait is arguably his ability to play with his feet.
Arteta wants his goalkeepers to play out from the back consistently and Bernd Leno has had his problems at times. Onana would certainly be an upgrade on that front, and it is no surprise that Arsenal are keen.
Nothing will happen until the verdict of his appeal comes out. If his ban is cut short, Arsenal will likely rush in with an offer, but if the court rejects his attempt, the Gunners may just decide to wait until January to get him for a lot cheaper.