A huge summer of change and transformation is ahead for Arsenal and manager Mikel arteta.
after placing eighth in Premier League At the table this season and failing to qualify for Europe for the first time in a quarter of a century, the club has required major changes at Emirates Stadium this summer to return to a competitive force.
One of them is the goalkeeping department. Former Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Matt Ryan is expected to return to the club on a permanent basis, but only in a back-up role and not as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.
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Current number 1 Bernd Leno, the football audit understands, is ready to leave Arsenal at some stage and take on a new challenge elsewhere. The Germany international, who joined the club in 2018, wants to play in Europe but, to his credit, will not make a move until round man is presented with a suitable offer.
However, should Leno leave the club, Arsenal have already identified their ideal replacement in the shape of Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, who was closely linked with a move Chelsea Last summer they settled on a move for douard Mendy.
Football Audit understands that Onana is a player the Gunners are keen to sign as a long-term replacement for Leno, even though Cameroon International is currently banned from all football-related activities for one year due to a doping violation. which was handed back to him. in February.
The goalkeeper’s ban is being appealed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport today (Wednesday), where a decision on whether the ban will be upheld or overturned is expected within a week.
Regardless of the outcome of the appeal, Arsenal are prepared to maintain their interest in Onana and it is possible that they could sign him at a reduced cost if CAS fails to lift the ban.
Should he join Arsenal, it will probably be a move that will be welcomed with a thumbs up from former manager Arsene Wenger.
Since leaving Emirates Stadium in 2018, Wenger has ventured into the world of punditry and covered a clash between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League in 2019.
Wenger made a special case for Onana, praising his performance as Ajax won 1–0.
Wenger told beIN Sports: “I have to praise their goalkeeper Andre Onana.
“He saw that his side had a tough time with the high balls and dared to go too far in front of his goal.”
The second leg of the semi-final between Ajax and Spurs saw a dramatic return to the latter stage, winning the night 2–0 in a 3–2 draw and progressing to the final on away goals.
The fall of Ajax was heartbreaking for them, as they had come so close to reaching a major European final.
The defeat, as heartbreaking as it was for the Dutch side, saw Onana come in for praise from Bayern Munich and Germany’s shot stopper Manuel Neuer took to social media to send Cameroon a message about his talent.
“Hey Onana, this is Neuer from Munich. I am your biggest fan, of course, you played a great season for Ajax,” Neuer said in a Twitter video.
“You and your guys deserve to be in the final so don’t be too sad, maybe you will get some chance to come back to the semi-finals in the future and get a better result than the last one.
“Take care and enjoy the celebration with Ajax for the cup and championship in your league. You did a great job and best of luck for the future, my friend.”
With Onana receiving such accolades from the best goalkeeper in the world, it speaks volumes about his credentials. Although he currently faces an uncertain period with respect to his career, once he is allowed to get it back on track it could see Arsenal as one of Europe’s best shot-stoppers.
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