Arsenal need a back-up goalkeeper but how about raiding Premier League rivals Burnley for Joe Hart or Stoke City for Jack Butland?
Arsenal legend David Seaman has suggested that his former club should look to bring in England internationals Jack Butland or Joe Hart as support for number one Bernd Leno, speaking to Football London.
The Gunners are a little short in the goalkeeping department right now. Petr Cech has retired while David Ospina has joined Napoli on a permanent basis, although long-serving Emi Martinez has returned to the Emirates with his reputation greatly enhanced on the back of a superb loan spell at Reading.
Bringing in a new shot-stopper has proved easier said than done, however, with youngster Markus Schubert choosing to join Schalke from Dynamo Dresden instead of moving to North London.
But Seaman, who won two Premier League titles during Arsene Wenger’s trophy-laden heyday, has two alternative targets in mind.
“I don’t think they need someone like Schubert as Leno’s number two – why not look at Joe Hart or Jack Butland as a number two?” he said.
“They have loads of experience. That’s the sort of quality they should be looking at as the club’s number two at the moment.”
32-year-old Hart is currently warming the bench at Burnley, a reflection on how far he has fallen since being one of the world’s best at Manchester City during Roberto Mancini’s time in charge.
Butland, meanwhile, is playing Championship football for Stoke City and any club wanting to bring him back to the Premier League will have to pay £30 million, according to the Telegraph.
But with Leno firmly established as Unai Emery’s first choice, would the likes of Hart and Butland be willing to play the odd Europa League or Carabao Cup fixture while biding their time in reserve? Butland needs to be playing regularly if he wants to be England’s number one again while Hart has had enough time out of the spotlight in recent years.