Petr Cech replacement? Bild confirm talks in place over goalkeeper move to Arsenal

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Arsenal are interested in signing German goalkeeper Markus Schubert on a free transfer this summer as a replacement for Petr Cech, according to Blid.

Bild report that Arsenal are interested in Schubert because Petr Cech (retiring) and Deyan Iliev (out of contract) are set to leave the club this summer. Even with the potential return of Emi Martinez, that still leaves the Gunners needing to rely on 17-year-old Arthur Okonkwo as their third-choice goalkeeper.

Cech, who joined the Gunners in 2015, has confirmed that he will retire from football when the current campaign comes to a close.

And German publication Bild claim that Emery will look to sign 20-year-old Schubert, who is a free agent after letting his contract at Dynamo Dresden run down, as the club’s back-up.

Schubert made 43 appearances for the second-tier German club, keeping 12 clean sheets. His performances earned him call-ups to every German national side up to the u21s, so he’s clearly thought of highly in his home country.

Arsenal are preparing for the Europa League final with Chelsea, a game that will most likely be Cech’s last game for the north London side

Emery is looking to win his fourth Europa League title after winning three as the manager of Sevilla.

Arsenal lost the final of this competition to Galatasaray in 2000 and will be hoping to avoid that against a very capable Chelsea side.

Ahead of the Europa League final, Emery has said: “We prepare like when it’s an international break. We will have two days off and for the first week we will not be thinking about the final. We will train three days in London and then next weekend we will have it off and then we will start on Tuesday in London with three days training preparing with all of our focus on the final.

“We will go to Baku three or four days before the final, Saturday I think, and prepare for the match over the last three training sessions.

Emery has also lamented the decision to play the final in Baku, Azerbaijan. He said:

“I don’t know exactly [the reasons behind] the decision to play in one place or another place. The problem is for the supporters. I prefer to play closer to England, because we are two English teams and can move a lot of supporters to be with us.

“There are going to be 6,000 of our fans and 6,000 Chelsea fans. But the stadium has a capacity of 70,000. ‘I think it’s going to be full, but [maybe not] with our fans and Chelsea’s fans.”

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