According to Spanish sports publication Marca, Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Switzerland international goalkeeper Yann Sommer from Borussia Monchengladbach this summer.
Too many goalkeepers
The Swiss star’s arrival would make the goalkeeping situation in north London very interesting. The Gunners already had two international goalkeepers at the club in Petr Cech and David Ospina before the summer arrival of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.
If the Gunners did manage to sign Sommer, Ospina and Cech would both leave the club in the summer. One of the pair is already set to leave the club, with the other staying and likely being number two to new arrival Leno.
Ospina has spent much of his Arsenal career warming the bench and reportedly wanted to leave the club last summer, only to be persuaded by boss Arsene Wenger to stay.
Petr Cech is unlikely to be happy as a number two goalkeeper, even at 36-years-old. The former Czech Republic international will believe he is still good enough to be a first choice goalkeeper at another top-level club. Media reports suggest he could make a sensational return to Chelsea.
Sommer would be significant competition for Leno
Regarding quality, there is very little between Sommer and Leno. The Switzerland international once again showed his quality during the World Cup with his national side, proving his reliability.
His performances for Monchengladbach over the past few seasons have also been highly consistent. The 29-year-old would indeed be an interesting signing considering that the Gunners have already signed Leno, supposedly as number one.
Another goalkeeper would not seem to be a priority this summer with ample cover already in the position. However, maybe new boss Unai Emery sees it differently and believes the Gunners new another new goalkeeper.
Arsenal squad is stronger for signings
Even if there is nothing in the Sommer story, Arsenal’s squad will be much stronger for next season. The Gunners have strengthened in some notably weak positions like in the centre of defence and midfield.
Arsenal remains odds of 2/1 to finish in the Premier League top-four in the new season. In truth, no matter who they brought in, it was always going to be tough for Emery’s side to mount a top-four challenge.
However, the players the Gunners have bought and in Sommer’s case are linked with seem to at least be moving the Gunners in the right direction, which is the most important thing.
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