An update has emerged on West Brom’s Sam Johnstone, regarding Arsenal’s interest in his services.
According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are interested in a deal to sign Sam Johnstone from West Brom this summer after being put off by Sheffield United’s £25m valuation of Aaron Ramsdale.
The report claims that the Gunners want strong competition for Bernd Leno next season and they are now looking at the Baggies shot-stopper as a potential target. Johnston was relegated from the Premier League with the Baggies and they are now demanding £20m to let him leave.
Edu must get a deal done for Johnstone this summer as fans would love it and Mikel Arteta needs him.
Arsenal sold Emi Martinez to Aston Villa for £20m last summer and, in doing so, lost their main competition for Leno heading into the Premier League season. Mat Ryan came in on loan in the second-half of the campaign, but the club do not currently employ a senior shot-stopper to rival the German.
This is why Arteta needs Johnstone at The Emirates. The 28-year-old could come in and seriously push Leno for his place in the starting XI, which could either result in him either replacing the German as the number one for the Gunners or the ex-Leverkusen man upping his game and providing consistent performances in the Premier League. Either way, Arsenal and Arteta would come out as winners in that situation.
Former Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce once labeled Johnstone as a “diamond” and praised his willingness to learn on the training pitch.
“We all knew he was a top-class goalkeeper and he’s looking the part now.
“Everyone needs a bit of confidence but with Sam he just needed to play. It’s a specialised position where you have to be patient. Goalkeepers go on until they’re 40 and they’re late starters.
“He’s a diamond – first in, last out. He’s a typical goalkeeper who wants to learn.”
This shows that Johnstone has the right attitude required to be successful and that he would potentially be willing to come in and bide his time for a chance, working hard in training to earn his spot. He has already shown that he can thrive at Premier League level, with an excellent average WhoScored rating of 6.74 for West Brom last season, compared to the disappointing score of 6.56 Leno managed for Arsenal.
The fans could love Johnstone at The Emirates as he is a homegrown, talented, goalkeeper who could come in and be a strong addition to the squad. His flying saves could get fans off their seats applauding if he arrives at the club this summer and this is why Edu must get to work on a swoop for the £20m England international.