The departure of Lukas Fabianski when his contract expired at the end of last season meant, that Arsenal are in need of a backup goalkeeper to Wojciech Szczesny. Few goalkeepers have been linked to the club during the summer, and the search as so far continued as to whom that shot stopper would be. Along these lines, reports are linking Arsenal to Nottingham Forest 23 year old goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
The 6ft 1in goalkeeper is the grandson of former Wales forward Ken Leek who featured in the 1958 World Cup for Wales. He was formerly a youth prospects at Aston Villa before he was released. The goalkeeper who has struggled to pin down a place in the Forest squad has spent most of time out on loan especially at Warsall.
This link fits into the very way Arsenal operates. A player that is low profile and young. Yet the fact that it fits within the transfer that Arsenal usually goes for as a result of the background of the goalkeeper does not mean that Arsene Wenger will bring in a player that is young for a sensitive position.
Wojciech Szczesny who is the first choice goalkeeper is still very young in goalkeeper terms, incidentally just only 23. It will come as a surprise if Arsene Wenger goes for a goalkeeper who will not push the Polish goalkeeper to improve and find consistency. As it stands, being young as a goalkeeper means he is still susceptible to the odd struggles at the back stick. But his being dropped in 2013 for the now departed Lukas Fabianski made him to refocus.
The position of a backup goalkeeper would be better served by an experience head who will not be overawed by any occasion when he comes in to replace the first choice goalkeeper in the event of an injury or in a cup game. Which makes this actual link of Karl Darlow very unlikely to come off.
Others might assert that his potential could be served in being the second choice as he would not be too eager to usurp the hierarchy by being content as a second choice to Wojciech Szczesny, something few goalkeepers will be willing to do.
The likes of Iker Casillas and other high profile goalkeeper, have been linked to the club, this particular one being in the scale of very low profile fits the way those at Highbury House operates. Yet will Arsene Wenger choose to settle for a goalkeeper who lacks experience in the big stage?
Assuming Wojciech Szczesny gets injured before a big match either in the league or in Europe, can such a goalkeeper be trusted to man the post in the Pole’s absence? The answer to that is open to debate, yet many will likely adopt an overwhelming no. But others might claim that conclusions cannot be drawn on a player who nobody has seen play. But, can he make the step up from the lower leagues to become the second choice at a bigger club? If he is signed, that question will be answered if he is signed.