Arsenal have offered young goalkeeper Guy Smit a two-week trial after the Dutchman became a free agent this summer.
The 20-year-old decided not to renew his contract at NEC Nijmegen, who play in Eredivsie, in the hope of finding his future at a club playing English football.
It’s believed Smit was also under the watchful eye of several Championship clubs including Brighton, but the facilities and prospects at the Gunners were too much to say no to.
Whilst talking to national newspaper, De Gelderlander, Smit revealed his admiration for the club and knowing the chance he’s been handed is precious for his career.
This is an opportunity I have to seize.
With this being the last place Arsenal need cover for in the first team, Arsene Wenger will have seen this man as one for the future with places in the academy up for grabs.
Young shot-stopper Ryan Huddart has already made a move out to non-league Eastleigh Town, whilst the future of Matt Macey and Emiliano Martinez is still to be decided.
However, should the senior back-up duo of Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina attempt to find regular first team football, it could hand a chance for one of the above goalkeepers to step up.
Recent reports suggest that although Szczesny is looking for another loan spell, talks with Roma were brought to an abrupt halt after disagreements between the clubs over wages.
Ospina on the other hand is capable of making a permanent move after starting and finishing the season as Petr Cech’s understudy, something a man of his ability shouldn’t have to put up with.
Besiktas are believed to have registered their interest with the Colombian, but any chance of a move will come after Wenger has spoken to him about his place in the squad for the near future.