After a disastrous opening month, Arsenal look like getting their season again on observe, with Sunday’s 3-1 victory over North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur their third successive victory and sufficient to see them leapfrog the Lilywhites.
After defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City within the opening three weeks of the season, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta made quite a few modifications to his beginning line up, and has since reaped the rewards with three wins on the bounce.
One of the gamers launched to Arteta’s beginning line up after the defeat to Manchester City was goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who had joined the Premier League facet from Championship Sheffield United within the last week of the summer season window.
The Englishman has since established himself because the membership’s first alternative ‘keeper, contributing quite a few spectacular performances and managing 4 clear sheets in six video games for the membership to this point.
Despite the success of the brand new boy in objective, nevertheless, it seems that Arteta’s facet are nonetheless eager on signing one other new goalkeeper, with Bernd Leno set to depart the membership having been demoted to second alternative.
The 29-year-old has advised German publication BILD that he has not been given a purpose for being dropped to the bench.
“There was no clear purpose why I used to be out, simply that it had nothing to do with my efficiency,” the German mentioned.
According to The Daily Mail, the membership have drawn up an inventory of three ‘keepers that they may goal in January, with Leno edging nearer to a January transfer to Italian facet Inter Milan.
The report means that Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana is on the membership’s shortlist, regardless of having not performed since January as a consequence of an ongoing suspension for testing optimistic for a banned substance.
The Cameroonian is about to to depart the Dutch facet when his contract expires subsequent summer season, with the membership’s director of soccer Marc Overmars lately claiming that talks over a contract extension had damaged down.
The second title on Arsenal’s radar is believed to be Barcelona’s Neto.
The Brazilian veteran has performed simply 11 La Liga video games within the two years since he joined the Catalan giants, and may very well be allowed to go away the membership as they proceed their exodus of excessive earners.
The last title on Arsenal’s shortlist is believed to be Brentford’s David Raya, who has continued the fantastic kind he demonstrated within the Championship final season and carried it into the Premier League this time period.
The 26-year-old has stored three clear sheets for the newly-promoted Bees this time period, and is nailed on because the membership’s first alternative between the sticks.
Raya was significantly spectacular in Brentford’s 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Saturday, making quite a few spectacular saves together with a fantastic cease to disclaim Diogo Jota.
With Mikel Arteta having insisted that he desires Ramsdale and Leno to compete with one another for the beginning spot, Arsenal might not be too eager on permitting the German to go away in January if a substitute can’t be sourced.
Next summer season, nevertheless, with the likes of Onana more likely to be accessible, the membership may permit Leno to go away and make a transfer for an additional skilled ‘keeper.