Arsenal must stay away from confusing Real Madrid transfer this summer

  • Arsenal have been offered a Real Madrid player for £21m
  • Mikel Arteta will understandably be tempted
  • However, the risk-to-reward ratio does not look great
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There are some opportunities which appear too good to resist until you take the time to contemplate the risk-to-reward ratio of those opportunities. This is the dilemma which Arsenal currently face, as they have been handed a seemingly golden opportunity by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

Arsenal must stay away from confusing Real Madrid transfer this summer

For those who missed it, Real Madrid have quoted Arsenal a price of just €25m (£21m) for Andriy Lunin to be signed. The Ukraine goal-keeper is wanted by Mikel Arteta as his ideal Aaron Ramsdale replacement, and he currently serves as a worthwhile backup to Thibaut Courtois.

Last season, Lunin saw an influx of game-time as he was handed many opportunities to prove himself in the Real Madrid lineup. And prove himself he did, as he was one of the breakout stars in the Champions League. While it wasn't entirely down to Lunin, he did nothing to jeopardise Real Madrid's eventual Champions League win and instead, he helped them.

This is why Lunin was understandably hard-done-by to not feature in the Champions League final. After all, he got his side to the final, so why would he not start? If anything, the selection choice to start Courtois solidified the idea that Lunin is the second-choice in Ancelotti's mind.

But this is exactly the reason why Arsenal must avoid signing Andriy Lunin. While nobody can deny he would be the best backup goalkeeper in the Premier League, he is clearly unhappy being a backup goalkeeper. In the mind of Lunin, he would want to sign on the guarantee that he will make the starting lineup.

If Mikel Arteta makes this promise and keeps it, then it affects David Raya negatively. If he makes this promise and doesn't keep it, then it affects Andriy Lunin negatively. Either way, this situation has no winner and it will be similar to the goalkeeper conundrum at the start of last season. If anything, it is a stress which is best avoided from Arsenal's perspective.

Besides, do Arsenal seriously need a new first-choice goalkeeper? David Raya won the golden glove award in the Premier League during his first season for Arsenal. They would like to sign a backup goalkeeper but one can be signed for even cheaper than Real Madrid's quoted price for Andriy Lunin. Therefore, other options should be considered.


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