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PremierLeague-News.Com - Arteta made it clear that he intends to bring in a new keeper to support Bernd Leno in this window, but who might he be looking at?
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Arsenal look to be in the market for a new goalkeeper based on comments made by manager Mikel Arteta this week. The club brought it Alex Runarsson from French club Dijon in the summer, however, attempts to bolster the position further by landing Brentford keeper David Raya failed. They then ended up selling Emi Martinez to Aston Villa for £20m, further weakening their options in this department. Arsenal started the season with just Bernd Leno, Runarsson and Matt Macey, however, Macey has recently departed for Hibernian. When questioned about the position, the Gunners boss said: “We are assessing the situation with the three positions on the goalkeeping area and we will find a different solution, probably in this window. "The discussion we had in the summer within the club are a little bit different to what actually happened because of the transfer window and the situation that developed with Emi (Martinez). Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now “We didn’t have much time to do what we really wanted to do and we decided to assess the situation in this window which is what we are trying to do and we will make a decision on how we want to move forward in those three positions." Additionally, Arteta is reportedly unimpressed by Runarsson who’s conceded seven goals across his previous three appearances. The Icelandic keeper has even been linked with a loan move away from the club. As a result, it’s important that Arteta works alongside technical director Edu to swiftly identify and recruit a suitable understudy for Leno in this window. But with this in mind, who could they target? Based on their moves in the summer, we can probably assume that Arsenal may look to recruit a suitable No.2 from the Championship, given that these players will already be based in England and would be unlikely to cost a substantial fee. Brice Samba of Nottingham Forest (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images) If this is the case, then Brice Samba could be an option. The Nottingham Forest keeper is just 26, a year older than Bretford’s Raya, and he’s performed impressively in recent times at the City Ground. We can see this by comparing his Post-Shot Expected Goal (PSxG) data in conjunction with his goals conceded. PSxG utilises information such as shooting location, body part and assist type, like traditional xG, but it also takes into consideration shot characteristics after the ball has been struck, such as its trajectory and whether it was on target or not - all shots off target or blocked are assigned a value of 0. Read More Related Articles Mesut Ozil's agent admits transfer from Arsenal to Fenerbahce could happen this month Comparing the two can give us an idea about the number of goals a keeper has prevented, and according to Wyscout’s model, the former Marseille man has conceded 5.04 goals fewer than what he should have across the previous 12 months. He stands at 6ft1in which is a decent size for a keeper, and he’s also proven to be brave and commanding within his penalty area, making 1.7 ‘line exits’ per 90 - an average not too dissimilar to Raya’s so far this season. , POLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Tim Krul of Holland during the UEFA Nations league match between Poland v Holland on November 18, 2020 (Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images) Another option for Arteta could be to pursue Norwich keeper Tim Krul. The 32-year-old is back in England’s second-tier after relegation from the Premier League with the Canaries last season, yet despite that torrid campaign last year, he overperformed his PSxG by 2.7 goals. He’s overperformed again so far this season by an impressive 4.
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. However, it’s his capacity with the ball at his feet that could make him a further appealing proposition from an Arsenal point of view.
Mikel Arteta and Edu reveal why Arsenal have given Rob Holding a new long-term contract Only Raya has completed more passes on a per 90 basis in the Championship this season - which further explains Arsenal’s interest in the Brentford man during the summer - however, Krul has a slightly better success rate with 89% of his passes finding their target. This would mean if called upon at Arsenal, he could settle fairly quickly into Arteta’s possession-based philosophy and perform comfortably with the ball at his feet.
Arsenal receive huge injury boost as results of Gabriel Martinelli's scan emerge Another keeper highly ranked in England’s second-tier is Bristol City’s Daniel Bentley. Not too dissimilar to Krul, he’s overperformed his PSxG by 2.1 goals this season and has exhibited himself as a strong all-rounder. He possess really good reflexes and is very agile, despite his tall 6ft2in frame. This aids him in getting around his goalmouth and pulling off impressive saves.
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