While Arsene Wenger has been more than pleased with the signing of Petr Cech in a surprise move from Chelsea in 2015, at 34 years of age the process has begun to find a goalkeeper capable of filling the the big Czech Republic man’s gloves in the long-term.
According to The Sun, Arsenal have opened talks with the representatives of a 16-year-old AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper who has yet to make a first team appearance for the Dutch side.
Jasper Schendelaar is thought to be one of the most highly regarded young players in his age group with huge expectations of a bright future in the game.
While Cech will not be immediately paniced around losing his first team place the thoughts have switched to the long-term, with Tutto Mercato claiming the Gunners want to snap up the youngster before a bidding war begins, with reports suggesting talks have taken place around a move as soon as the January transfer window opens next month.
Schendelaar is a regular for the Netherlands at under-17 level and is contracted to AZ until the summer of 2019.
While at just 16 years of age he would be joining a club with Cech, David Ospina and Emiliano Martinez firmly in front of him, Arsenal fans will be happy in the knowledge that Wenger is planning for the future even though the Frenchman himself may not be the man at the helm if the youngster potentially makes his bow for the club.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena