3 reasons why Dan Bentley is the ideal back-up goalkeeper for Arsenal

  • The Wolves keeper would be an astute signing for the Gunners
Bentley could be coming to North London
Bentley could be coming to North London / Visionhaus/GettyImages

David Ornstein has revealed that Arsenal have made contact with Wolves to express interest in signing Dan Bentley.

The Gunners have identified Bentley as a back-up option for a number of reasons but Wolves are said to only be willing to sell if they receive a suitable bid.

With Aaron Ramsdale set to leave the club this summer, there are three reasons why Bentley is the ideal replacement on the bench.

1. Perfectly rated

Dan Bentley
Bentley spent most of his career in the Football League / Eddie Keogh/GettyImages

Prior to his move to Wolves, Bentley was an established Football League goalkeeper having played in every EFL division. He has played for Southend United, Brentford, and Bristol City.

He has made just seven appearances throughout his one-and-a-half seasons with Wolves so is clearly only good enough to be a back-up keeper while playing at Premier League level. One of his few appearances actually arrived at the Emirates last season after Jose Sa picked up an injury. Arsenal dazzled in the opening stages and won 2-1.

Bentley would no doubt be aware of the limits to his ability and thus is unlikely to complain in regards to a lack of game time with the Gunners. Young Karl Hein may even fancy usurping the Englishman as Arsenal's number two.

2. Homegrown

Dan Bentley
Bentley fulfils the homegrown quota / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Bentley was born in Basildon, Essex and has spent his whole career in England so, as a result, qualifies as a homegrown player. This is one of the reasons Arsenal are said to be interested in signing him.

Premier League teams are required to include at least eight homegrown players in their squads and Arsenal currently have 11, with Aaron Ramsdale one of these.

Talk regarding Ramsdale's exit has been minimal given that he's currently away with the England squad at Euro 2024, but Arsenal will aim to get their former number one off their books before the start of the new season. He remains a valuable asset that could attract a fairly big fee.

Bentley would replace Ramsdale as not only the club's backup keeper but also as one of the team's homegrown players. This would reduce the risk of the number falling below the requirement.

3. Great character

Daniel Bentley
Bentley is said to have a 'great character' / James Baylis - AMA/GettyImages

Another reason why Arsenal are said to be interested in signing Bentley is his 'great character'.

Aaron Ramsdale has a reputation for being a joker within the squad so Bentley could very well take on this role if he were to join.

This would be ideal as not only should a back-up keeper have great character in order to deal with a lack of game time, it also allows them to act as a motivator for the rest of the squad.