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OPINION: Can Arsenal Solve Their Goalkeeping Department Dilemma This Summer?

Arsenal have had a fair share of great goalkeepers, there was a time when the great David Seaman put on the gloves for the Gunners. Then German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann arrived from Borrusia Dortmund, and became a hero as he was part of the team to win the Premier League without a single defeat. This team is famously known as "The Invincibles".

His departure ushered in an era of some goalkeepers like Manuel Alumunia, Vito Mannone, Luckasz Fabianski. These were good goalkeepers, but weren't at the level of Jens Lehmann. Then Wojciech Sczesny came to the club, a lot of fans had high hopes for the Poland goalkeeper. But he was sold to Juventus for 10 million pounds because he was caught smoking cigarettes in the showers after a match.

Then Arsene Wenger brought in Petr Cech from Chelsea for 10 million pounds. The Chelsea legend was well respected in the goalkeeping world after his heroic achievements with Chelsea. Even John Terry made a statement in an interview where he said "Cech would save Arsenal 10-15 points in a season". Petr Cech's time at the Emirates stadium was underwhelming and most fans felt he was past his best.

In 2019, Arsenal signed another German goalkeeper Bernd Leno. The German won the heart of the Arsenal faithful with his outstanding performances and saves. He came second in Arsenal's player-of-the-season award after talismanic striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Then in 2020 Bernd Leno had a knee injury against Brighton and Hove Albion after a clash with Neal Maupay. The Arsenal fans could be forgiven for fearing the worst, but Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez stepped up and performed excellently during Bernd Leno's absence. Emiliano Martinez had been with Arsenal for 10 years but wasn't handed the number one spot.

After Arsenal won the FA cup and Community shield, Emiliano Martinez demanded to be made the number one goalkeeper ahead of Bernd Leno. Mikel Arteta did not want this, he wanted both goalkeepers to challenge each other for the spot. Arsenal saw an opportunity to generate income to sign Thomas Partey and sold the Argentine goalkeeper to Aston Villa for 20 million pounds.

Then they brought in former Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runnarson. In the few matches the Iceland goalkeeper played in, he wasn't very convincing and Arsenal signed Matt Ryan on loan in January from Brighton and Hove Albion. Matt Ryan has now departed after his loan deal expired and Arsenal are trying to sell Runnarson.

The Gunners have been reported to be interested in signing Ajax FC goalkeeper Andre Onana but there hasn't been any confirmation of that. Now Arsenal are left with Runarsson as backup to Bernd Leno and have promoted academy goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo to be the third choice goalkeeper. The Gunners won't be able to sign a capable backup for Leno unless they are able to sell or loan out Runarsson.

I can understand why Arsenal sold Emiliano Martinez, but I don't understand why Runarsson was signed. Arsenal could have promoted Arthur Okonkwo and waited until the summer to sign a capable backup goalkeeper. It is not yet known if Arsenal would be able to sort out the mess that was created in the goalkeeping department when they signed Runarsson.

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