The rumours surrounding the future of Arsenal star Bernd Leno are increasing day by day.
The Athletic revealed that the German is among the players who wants to leave the Emirates this summer, while The Telegraph reported that Edu is willing to let him go for just £15 million, £5 million less than what we paid for him in 2018. (Mail)
That makes no sense at all but that’s the situation we are reportedly in. The Gunners will have to find a top-quality replacement if Leno was to leave, and La Razon recently revealed that Athletic Bilbao star Unai Simon is Mikel Arteta’s number one target.
The 23-year-old made a name for himself as one of the best goalkeepers in La Liga last season. He was even hailed by many Spaniards as the true heir to Iker Casillas’ throne.
There’s no doubt that Simon is a fantastic goalkeeper for his age, but the Basque-born shot-stopper’s statistics this season have truly been shocking.
Opta revealed earlier this week that no player in Europe’s top-five leagues has committed as many errors leading to goal as Simon – six – six times as many as the man he is tipped to replace at Arsenal, Bernd Leno. (Kickest)
The Insider’s View:
That changes things completely, doesn’t it? Arsenal need someone who is a massive upgrade on Leno if the German leaves this summer. The stats show that Simon is not even close to that at the moment.
That really is worrying for Arsenal. We already made a big mistake by bringing in Alex Runarsson last summer – a goalkeeper who was clearly not ready to handle the pressure that comes with Premier League football.
Simon, 23, has more experience at the top level than Runarsson, but we simply cannot afford to sign a goalkeeper who is statistically more error-prone than any other player in Europe’s five best leagues.