Karl Hein or Arthur Okonkwo
There are rumours swirling around about Arsenal’s interest in Seny Dieng, the impressive Swiss goalkeeper at QPR who has been the bright spark in an otherwise poor season for the R’s, although at this stage it is only interest and nothing concrete.
David Raya remains a long-term target for Arteta, one highlighted to him by goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana who used to work with him at Brentford. The Bees’ asking price is set at around £20m and they will not want to sell mid-season, so the likelihood is that one of either youth prodigies will be promoted to third-choice.
Those options are either Karl Hein or Arthur Okonkwo. Hein is an Estonian international who has featured on the bench for Arsenal this season in the Europa League alongside Macey, with the early indications being that the 18-year-old will get the nod.
There is also Okonkwo, a London-born 19-year-old who made his breakthrough in the 2018/19 season with solid displays at both Under-18 and Under-23 level. Okonkwo is also an England youth international.
Whoever assumes the third-choice spot will remain behind Runar Alex Runarsson, who has looked some way out of his depth since being thrust into first team action. Bernd Leno is not set to release his grip on first-choice any time soon, with the hope being now that he can remain fit for the remainder of the campaign (and beyond).