Arsenal could target a move for Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simon as a replacement for Bernd Leno, who is making Mikel Arteta grow frustrated, according to La Rozan (as per The Mirror).
The Germany international was at the centre of attention once again last week after his latest blunder cost the Gunners in their defeat to Everton.
Was Arteta right to keep Leno as the number one keeper?
Earlier in the season, Leno had a shaky game in the Europa League versus Rapid Vienna in what seems to have been a warning sign for the Reds.
His performances in recent weeks has left a lot to be desired and has made people wonder whether the outfit made a mistake in selling Emiliano Martinez.
However, no one should forget the first two years of the 29-year-old’s time in north London, where he was simply sensational and saved Arsenal from finishing lower than they did. In his second campaign in N5, Leno finished in second place in the race for the player of the year award, a sign of how well he performed for the club.
In Simon, the Gunners would be getting a great young ‘keeper who has kept eight clean sheets in just 32 La Liga games this season. And at just 23-years-old, he would have years and years ahead of him in terms of service to the team and progression.
It proves a tricky situation for Arteta, who will be looking for the utmost consistency from his number one. His decision to keep the German ahead of Martinez last season proves that he had confidence in the shot-stopper, but, he may feel it backfired with his rotten form in recent weeks.