Karl Hein featured in a friendly match with Estonia on Tuesday, keeping a clean sheet in his 45 minutes on the pitch.

Karl Hein (R) featuring for Estonia in the UEFA Nations League. Copyright: Raul Mee
Karl Hein (R) featuring for Estonia in the UEFA Nations League. Copyright: Raul Mee

Arsenal u23 goalkeeper Karl Hein is becoming a regular starter for his country, Estonia, and he got the chance to feature for them again in a friendly match on Tuesday. His national team were taking on Hungarian side Ferencvaros.

Hein played the first 45 minutes and kept a clean sheet, before coming off at half-time to give Matvei Igonen a chance. The match finished 1-0 to Ferencvaros, so that should help Hein keep his place next time out.

The 18-year-old is already up to six competitive appearances for his country, playing the entire Nations League group stage in 2020.

A knock-on effect of Hein’s current absence from Arsenal is that Arthur Okonkwo continues to act as the club’s third-choice goalkeeper in first-team training.

After Matt Macey’s departure to Hibs, Okonkwo only really has Hein to compete with for the position. Okonkwo should be the player to step up to the bench if Arsenal need him on Thursday.

Macey often used to travel to games even if he didn’t feature in the squad, to help with the warm-ups and to be there in case of emergencies, so Okonkwo will presumably take up that role for the time being.

If Hein gets further experience with his national team and Okonkwo gets the opportunity to join first-team training, that sounds like a win-win.

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