Transfer News: Arteta Confirms Search For New Goalkeeper Is Priority


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that the club is in the market for a new goalkeeper following the exit of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa.

Arteta made this known in a chat with reporters during his pre-match press conference for the West Ham United game.

Emiliano Martinez was the second choice goalkeeper at Arsenal last season. The Argentine goalkeeper got his chance to impress in the Gunners goal following the injury to first choice Bernd Leno and he seized that opportunity.

The 28-year-old wanted assurances over a first team spot in the team but Mikel Arteta was not able to guarantee him that number one spot thus prompting the shot-stopper to sign for Aston Villa in a £20m deal.

Arsenal have been linked with Brentford goalkeeper David Raya and Dijon shot-stopper Runar Alex Runarsson as potential replacements for Martinez.

The Gunners could even sign the two goalkeepers if former third-choice goalkeeper Matt Macey leaves the club.

Macey, 26, is the back-up to first choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno at the moment but that could change with the signing of a new goalkeeper thus pushing him closer to the Emirates Stadium door.

He was on the bench for the opening game of the new league season, a 3-0 away win over newcomers Fulham.


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