Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger has been known for having an eye for young players over his time with the club. Wenger has been active in the transfer window since the close season, making 2 major singings already, and it is no surprise that he is also looking at bringing in some youngster into the club.
Wenger has offered Guy Smit of Dutch side NEC Nijmegen an opportunity to prove himself with the future of several senior shot-stoppers like Ospina and Szczesny still in doubt. Smit who is only 20 years old recently became available as a free agent after his contract with Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen expired. With Petr Cech set to continue as Arsenal’s number one next season, and not expecting Smit to be a direct competition, it hasn’t stopped Smit who is keen to make an impression on Arsene Wenger, telling Dutch newspaper De Gelderlander: “This is an opportunity I have to seize.”
The highly rated 6ft 3in goalkeeper who didn’t make any first team appearance last season, currently has been offered contracts by numerous clubs in the Championship, but is keen to make his mark in the Emirates.
With Szczęsny almost certainly going on a second loan spell with Roma and with interests from Turkish clubs trying to sign Ospina, Wenger is yet to announce who will deputise for Cech next season. Will Wenger let both Ospina and Szczęsny leave and give Guy Smit an opportunity in the first team?
Guy Smith was reportedly spotted at Arsenal’s London Colney training complex this week ahead of a medical examination which if successful will see him undergo a two weeks trial with the club with the hope of earning a contract.