5 summer signings that Arsenal could make
Although Arsenal is in the midst of finding a new manager, the club is also looking at possible transfer targets to improve the squad.
The new Arsenal manager remains unconfirmed. According to Skysports, Arsenal is holding talks with a former player, Mikel Arteta, who could be the next manager. The Gunners are not the only side without a manager as the summer transfer window officially opens. Over the week, Everton has parted ways with Sam Allardyce and West Ham has sacked David Moyes.
Despite all the talk about who will be Wenger's replacement, the club is also focusing on new signings which could be made in the coming weeks. Since Sven Mislnant joined the Gunners, he has been having a huge say in the signings made. The German scout has recommended many players to the board and could be paving way for even more.
After a poor performing season, Arsenal is in desperate need of a revamp especially in terms of defense and goalkeeping. Recent talks have been focused on five players who could sign for Arsenal soon. Here is a look at the five possible targets and what they can bring for the Gunners.
#5 Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen)
Arsenal finally understands that the club needs a new goalkeeper. Petr Cech has not been great since joining the team. Even as John Terry mentioned that the former Chelsea man will save the Gunners 12 to 15 points, that seems unlikely to happen. The English Premier League side has conceded far too many goals as compared to their opponents and require an alert shot-stopper.
Leno, who is 26 years old, plays for Bayer Leverkusen. His contract with the Bundesliga club lasts until 2020, but the German keeper is said to be keen to move to the Emirates. The club has identified him as a long-term successor to Petr Cech's role between the poles and Ospina could be packing his bags this summer. This paves the way for a new goalie to join the team.
Standing at 1.9m, Leno is good in the air and has an average claim success of 100%. At Bundesliga this season, he conceded an average of 1.23 goals in his 30 appearances. This is far better than Cech's record of 1.41 goals conceded per match in 32 games.
Having been included in Joachim Low's World Cup provisional squad, negotiations would have to take place quickly if Arsenal wants to sign him as the player could spend his summer in Russia. With Manuel Neuer still having injury concerns, Leno could have a role to play in the upcoming competition.
The goalkeeper is one of the possible signings that Arsenal could make in the summer as the club looks to invest in a goalkeeper.