Bad news Arsenal in teen stopper chase - 'I just think about Udinese'

Simone Scuffet has been earmarked as a potential Lukasz Fabianski replacement at Arsenal - but he seems happy at Udinese.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has today openly admitted today a fact that is likely to see him hunting for a new goalkeeper or two in the summer transfer window.

He was asked about the future of second choice keeper Lukasz Fabianski - whose current deal expires at the end of the season, to which he responded:

"Of course it is a possibility that it is his last campaign with us because he wants to play somewhere but if he changes his mind, my door is open."

It comes after Fabianski himself admitted earlier in the month his desire to be a number one goalkeeper somewhere in Europe - and it leaves Arsenal short in the ‘keeper department.

Emiliano Viviano is only on loan from Palermo - and after not making a single smidgen of an appearance is unlikely to hang around at The Emirates.

Arsenal have high hopes for young Argentine Damian Martinez - so he could become their number three, but Wenger will certainly want a second choice stopper of good pedigree to support Wojciech Szczesny.

One name that seemed to crop up today was that of Italian youngster Simone Scuffet.

Despite being just 17-years-old the starlet has burst onto the scene this campaign - and has now played four times for the club despite his tender age.

Reports earlier this week suggested that Arsenal would battle Juventus for his signature - and now Scuffet has spoken of these apparent links.

Speaking ahead of Udinese’s game against Atalanta this weekend he stated:

"My life has changed so much but I have to keep working and my values ​​must remain the same. I just think about Udinese, with whom I have three more years on my contract."

Arsenal might do better to look elsewhere anyway. Scuffet is talented, but is unlikely to give up first-team football for sitting on the bench.

Surely they should be looking at veteran stoppers to fulfil the role rather than youngsters. The likes of whom can help Wojciech Szczesny iron out his inconsistencies and become a world class stopper.

Scuffet doesn’t seem keen - so Arsenal should change tact.

image: © Flavio Di Pietro

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