Koen Casteels says he’s hoping for a change, after multiple relegation battles, as Arsenal reportedly eye up a move for the goalkeeper.


Koen Casteels

Speaking in Thursday’s Gazet van Antwerpen Mechelen-Lier, the Bundesliga ‘Goalkeeper of the Year’ (according to Kicker) responded to reports of Arsenal’s interest in him.

“Officially, I know of no interest,” he began. “But it is still early. Only in a few weeks will it become clear if something will happen.

“I don’t have to leave, because I feel good at Wolfsburg. However, we must change something. A third season in a row fighting against relegation, that’s not what I want. I would rather fight for European football.”

Reports earlier this month suggested Sven Mislintat has extensively scouted the goalkeeper, ahead of a possible move this summer.

Since then, the 25-year-old received a call-up to the Belgium World Cup squad, in recognition of his exploits for Wolfsburg this season. It’s unlikely he’ll get in the starting eleven ahead of Thibaut Courtois, but it’s still a big moment for the goalkeeper.

Arsenal recently gave their number one shirt to Petr Cech, but in all honesty the club can’t put so much faith in him next season. The goalkeeper made more errors directly leading to goals than anyone in the league last season. He’s 36 years old, and the Gunners need someone to come in and take over the position.

Casteels looks like a promising option, and Arsenal already have that European football he’s looking for. Now we’ll just have to see if Mislintat makes his move.

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