News is circulating that Bernd Leno is seeking a transfer away from Arsenal following the emergence of Aaron Ramsdale as first-choice. Here are three former Arsenal second-choice goalkeepers who are now first-choice in other clubs in Europe:
1. Wojciech Szczesny - Juventus
Szczesny joined Arsenal in 2006 from the Polish club Legia Warsaw at the age of 15. After spending three years with the youth team, he graduated to join the first team in 2009. Szczesny became Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper in the 2010-11 season, being deputized by Manuel Almunia and fellow Polish Lukasz Fabianski.
Szczesny was relegated to second-choice for smoking in the changing room in January 2015 following a 2-0 league defeat to Southampton caused by his errors. He later joined AS Roma on a two-year loan before joining Juventus permanently in 2017. He kept 72 clean sheets in 181 games at Arsenal and has 58 in 146 games for Juventus.
2. David Ospina - Napoli
Ospina joined Arsenal from French club Nice for £3 million in 2014 to deputize for then first-choice goalkeeper Szczesny. He later became number one in January 2015 at the club due to Szczesny's punishment.
Ospina became second-choice again after Arsene Wenger signed Petr Cech from Chelsea in June 2015. He later left on loan for Napoli in 2018 following the signing of Bernd Leno and permanently the following season. He kept 27 clean sheets at Arsenal in 70 appearances and added 30 more in 77 games for Napoli.
3. Emiliano Martinez - Aston Villa
Like Szczesny, Martinez joined Arsenal's youth setup first. He joined from Argentine club Independiente in 2010 as an 18-year-old. After getting promoted to the first team in 2012, the Argentine went on six loan spells with Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Wolves, Getafe, and Reading between 2012 and 2019.
Martinez seized his opportunities as he impressed in goal following an injury to first-choice Leno in a game against Brighton in June 2020. He later left for Aston Villa for £30 million to become number 1 in September. He kept 16 clean sheets in 38 games for the Gunners and has 18 clean sheets in 45 appearances for Aston Villa.
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