Eredivisie keeper deserves to be back on Arsenal radar after star showing


With Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina both failing to inspire much in the way of confidence, should Arsenal be looking at former target Kenneth Vermeer?

A Dutch international with experience at both Ajax and Feyenoord to his name, Kenneth Vermeer would prove a valuable addition to any Premier League side, not least of all Arsenal.

The Gunners were linked with a move for the 29-year-old back in 2013, with The Sun reporting that the north London club had sent scouts to watch the goalkeeper in action for Ajax.

It came after Vermeer impressed during an international appearance for Holland in a 0-0 friendly draw with Germany.

But no move to Arsenal was forthcoming, and Vermeer’s career in Amsterdam, meanwhile, suffered something of a setback.

This came after the Dutchman was made the scapegoat for two heavy back-to-back defeats against Barcelona in the Champions League and PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie with Ajax losing 4-0 on both occasions.

The pressure was on manager Frank De Boer to ring the changes and Vermeer found himself in the firing line and out of the team with understudy Jasper Cillessen brought into the starting line-up in his place.

It was a harsh decision with Vermeer no more at fault than the Ajax defence – a back-four that was missing key member Toby Alderweireld following his move to Atletico Madrid.

Nevertheless it proved to be the beginning of the end, with Vermeer pushing for a move away from the club.

He ultimately signed for Feyenoord, though not before Louis van Gaal made a last-ditch attempt to bring him to Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail.

Yet with Vermeer keen to play regularly, a Rotterdam switch has proven to be the best possible move with the 29-year-old proving to be among the star signings of the season for Feyenoord.

He certainly looked in top form against Dordrecht in the Eredivisie over the weekend, pulling off a masterful save late in the game to protect Feyenoord’s slender lead.

The Eredivisie keeper has now kept clean sheets in two of his last three league appearances and managed three shutouts during the group phase of the Europa League, helping Feyenoord to progress to the knockout round in the process.

A highly-rated Dutch international, Vermeer moved to his current Eredivise employers for a cut-price €1 million and would prove an inexpensive purchase should Arsenal opt to rekindle their interest.

With the ex-Ajax man in fine form and both Ospina and Szcezney proving underwhelming this term, Wenger may want to take another look.

Should Arsenal sign Vermeer?

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