Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman remains on Arsenal’s radar, with Football London reporting that the Gunners want to sign a new stopper in this window.
The goalkeeper situation has been problematic for different reasons throughout Arsenal’s season. Initially, Mikel Arteta’s dilemma centred around whether Bernd Leno or Emi Martinez would be first choice for this campaign.
Ultimately, Martinez moved on and Leno became number one. Unfortunately, Martinez’s replacement has struggled to fill the void.
And Football London reports that despite signing Alex Runarsson in the summer, Arsenal are keen to strengthen their goalkeeper options further this month.
And according to the report, one of the names on their list is Woodman. It is suggested that the 23-year-old has been an Arsenal target since the end of last season.
Arsenal may have ace up sleeve, but deal surely won’t be straightforward
Interestingly, Football London notes that Woodman’s father works for the Gunners. He is the current Head of Goalkeeping with the under-23s.
It remains to be seen if Arteta decides to make a move for Woodman. On paper, agreeing a transfer may not be straightforward.
The under-20 World Cup winner is currently on loan at Swansea City, and they are surely going to want some form of compensation should his spell be cut short.
But Woodman would be forgiven for being tempted by an Emirates switch. Upon his return to Newcastle, he could find himself as third choice behind Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow.
Given Runarsson’s poor start to life in North London, there is no reason why he cannot set his sights on quickly becoming Leno’s understudy.
Former Magpies boss Rafa Benitez claimed in 2019 that Woodman had a ‘great future’ ahead (via Shields Gazette), and if Arteta feels the same, Arsenal will surely give serious thought to whether they want to make a bid in this window.