There is absolutely no way to predict who will play second fiddle to Petr Cech at Arsenal next season, as both David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny could be playing elsewhere.
There has been talk this week of a Besiktas bid for Ospina, and a £3 million move now looks likely with the Mirror reporting today that the Colombian has told friends at Arsenal that he’s “definitely going”.
The speculation started with AS Colombia claiming that Ospina is close to a switch to the Turkish club, who tried to sign him last season as well. With Cech at the top of the pecking order, the Colombian made only 13 appearances and failed to impress last season. It seems that he is now waiting to be ‘rescued’, and if Arsenal want to keep him, they will face a fight.
The simple solution would be to bring Wojciech Szczesny back, but there has been talk of a one-year extension to his loan spell at Roma.
The 26-year-old Polish keeper has thrived under Luciano Spalletti, going as far as to say that he learned more under the new Roma boss than he did “in ten years at Arsenal.” He made 31 appearances for the Serie A club last season, and although Arsène Wenger will be pleased with his development, a return to Arsenal would get complicated if Szczesny chose to push in the other direction.
That could well be a possibility, with Sky Sport Italia reporting that Spalletti could loan out Roma’s new goalkeeper signing, Alisson, in order to extend Wojciech’s stay.
If Arsenal cannot get either goalkeeper to stay in London, the inexperienced Matt Macey would be Cech’s only backup, forcing Arsenal to turn to the transfer market to sign a new goalkeeper. Of course, Arsenal have much bigger priorities in terms of signings, so this is something they’d want to either avoid or wrap up very quickly.
Who will end up as Arsenal’s 2nd-choice goalkeeper? Only time will tell.