It’s no secret that Arsenal are in need of a new goalkeeper this summer and the latest name to be linked is Italy and Cagliari goalkeeper Federico Marchetti. But who is he and would he finally be able to provide Arsenal with that security in goal that they have been lacking for a while now?
Marchetti has really caught the eye after moving to Cagliari two years ago and has been rewarded by his fine form with a place in the Italy squad as Gianluigi Buffon’s number two. The ‘keeper made his World Cup bow coming on at half-time for Buffon in Italy’s opening game against Paraguay, due to the number one suffering a back injury. He then started Italy’s next game against New Zealand and had to pick the ball out of the back of his net after just seven minutes thanks to some awful defending and an offside that should have been given. He hasn’t really been too tested in the World Cup to give an accurate assessment of him yet, and it’s unknown whether he play any further part as Buffon looks to step up his recovery from injury.
The Cagliari shotstopper seems to be another Italian late-bloomer as he is only just now coming to prominence at 27 years of age. However this is usually a common place in Italy with most of their promising prospects in the international squad over the age of 25. Buffon has talked up Marchetti before saying that he regards him as his favourite upcoming goalkeeper and that he has all the qualities to be his eventual replacement. Such a glowing recommendation from the world’s number one goalkeeper surely means that he’s good enough for Arsenal? Well having spent most of his career in Serie B and Serie C before his move to Cagliari in 2008 doesn’t make him the most experienced goalkeeper around. However despite this fact in his two years in Serie A he has looked to be a very reliable goalkeeper and has shown to have good reflexes, a good reading of the game and is not a hesitant ‘keeper.
Slowly but surely Marchetti is making a name for himself but as he hasn’t had the chance to play for a top club therefore it remains to be seen if he can cut it. What has been seen so far looks very encouraging indeed, but it’s difficult to say whether or not he’s worth the £12.5m price tag that Cagliari are said to want for his services.