Arsenal are set to appoint Emiliano Martinez as the second-choice goalkeeper after his successful return from loan spell.
The Argentine had found himself out of favour under Arsene Wenger and soon Unai Emery as well and was consequently sent out on loan to Championship side Reading. There, Martinez underwent a very successful campaign where he was a big contender for the Player of the Season award. He was loved by the manager and fans alike and left the Championship side having improved very significantly.
In fact, the loanee recorded the most saves and high claims than any player in the league last season whilst also maintaining an admirable save percentage of 77%.
Meanwhile, according to football.london, the Gunners are preparing to offload David Ospina permanently this summer by making his loan spell at Napoli a permanent one. The fee is rumoured to be around a humble £3 million. The Gunners need to offload some players to fund their transfer market goals and Ospina might be a part of that plan.
The Colombian also experienced a good campaign during his loan period, quickly adapting to Serie A and Napoli’s system. And the Italian giants now have deemed Ospina has done enough to be kept for good.
The Colombian international will be departing the Emirates after 5 years, making 70 appearances along the way.
On the other hand, Petr Cech has officially announced his retirement and will be moving on to a board job at his former club Chelsea. His shoes are the biggest to fill, but considering Cech’s recent performances, Martinez should be able to do that fairly quickly and easily.
Unfortunately, the Czech Republic international’s last 2 years at Arsenal were not his best and very close to his worst. He’s undoubtedly one of the greatest goalkeepers to ever play the game, but as it stands, it won’t be too hard to replace him.
Nevertheless, it is almost confirmed that Emi will be competing with Bern Leno from now on. This is convenient as well given the Londoners’ financial situation; a replacement keeper is no urgency.