Jose Mourinho has managed to convince Dean Henderson to sign a new deal at Manchester United rather than leave for free this summer.
Arsenal were known to be interested in signing the 21-year-old shot-stopper and have plenty of room for him at the club after letting Hugo Keto, Ryan Huddart and Alex Crean leave this summer.
In April, Mourinho was reportedly ‘looking into’ Henderson’s contract situation amid Arsenal’s interest.
Back then, the Daily Star on Sunday, in an EXCLUSIVE, wrote, “And Mourinho is also looking into the situation with England Under-21s international Dean Henderson, who has had an outstanding season on loan at Shrewsbury.
“Several clubs are eyeing Henderson, 21, who is out of contract in the summer but is now likely to be offered a new contract at Old Trafford.”
Arsenal were first linked with a move for the young keeper back in October and it was reported that they were one of 14 clubs interested in taking the player when his contract expired.
The 6ft2 keeper stands just five centimetres taller than David Ospina (yet eight centimetres smaller than Petr Cech) but would have been a strong addition to an Arsenal squad that desperately needs young, talented keepers.
That being said, Arsenal have a greater need for a number one this summer and Henderson is far from that at present.
Cech and Ospina are both out of contract next summer and the Colombian has made it known repeatedly that he’s not happy being second choice.
Emi Martinez was on loan all season, but, at 25-years-old, has yet to show anything that would indicate he can be a long-term number one for the club.
David de Gea, Wojciech Szczesny, and Thibaut Courtois were all established number ones by the time they hit their mid-20s while Martinez has made just 13 appearances for Arsenal’s first team.
At Getafe last season he played six times, keeping just two cleansheets while conceding nine.