It’s starting to look more and more like Arsenal will need to find a new goalkeeper for the number one position this summer, so who are the options to replace Petr Čech?
After his penalty save against Watford, Čech is temporarily back in the fans’ good books. Still, that doesn’t change the fact he currently leads Europe’s top 5 leagues for errors directly leading to goals.
Whether you like the 35-year-old or not, reports suggest that goalkeeper is one of four positions Sven Mislintat wants to strengthen this summer, as we covered here.
Here are seven options for the new head of recruitment to try and bring in this summer:
- Current club: FC Barcelona
- Age: 25
- Contract until: 2022
- Estimated value: £36m
The Spanish media linked Arsenal to Ter Stegen late last year, claiming the club made an approach for the Barcelona shot stopper. He’s one of the top performing goalkeepers around at the moment, making more than five saves for every goal he concedes.
With him in goal, Barcelona have an even better defensive record than Atletico Madrid in La Liga, which is quite some achievement in the Diego Simeone era.
The German is also becoming a regular in his country’s national side. He’s started eight of their last 10 matches despite strong competition.
Unfortunately, the catch is that Ter Stegen’s good performances make Barcelona unlikely to want to let him go. He reportedly has a £158m release clause, but I can’t imagine Arsenal paying that much for a goalkeeper.
If he does decide he wants a move to the Premier League though, he would make a great buy.
- Clean sheets: 23 in 38 matches (one every 1.65 matches)
- Saves per goal (La Liga): 5.15
- Errors leading to goals: 0
- Distribution accuracy: 83%