Matt Macey, a 19-year-old goalkeeper at Arsenal, could be about to take advantage of a potential summer exit from the Gunners at the end of the season.
Arsene Wenger will be presented with a problem in the respect that Lukasz Fabianski wants to be number one and has made that clear throughout this season.
“I want to be number one in the club and in the Polish national team. I have learned a lot at London during very positive and challenging periods. With biggest respect to this great club, I didn't accept the extension offer as I am looking forward to a new challenge in England or abroad,” said Fabianski earlier this season.
However, Wojciech Szczesny’s consistency in goal for the Gunners has lead to him retaining that number one spot throughout the current campaign, which could force Fabianski to consider a future away from Arsenal in the summer.
That leaves Wenger with two choices; he can either buy in from the outside and go after an older and more experienced player or he can promote teenager Macey into his first team.
Macey may well have made more appearances for the Arsenal youth ranks this season but it’s important to remember that he only joined the club at the start of last winter in a deal from League Two club Bristol City.
Macey had a trial with Arsenal before his move, which shows the boss was definitely impressed by what he saw and keen to invest in the youngster who has a big talent.
It would be a huge gamble on Wenger’s part to introduce him into the first team fold for pre-season and heading into the new campaign but the Frenchman has never been afraid to get youngsters into his first team.
The perfect example being Cesc Fabregas, who was handed his first senior start for Arsenal at the age of 16-years-old.
The £100,000 Arsenal paid Bristol Rovers could look like a very shrewd investment by the Gunners if Wenger takes that gamble next season and the move pays off.