Arsenal send staff to Belgium to scout more goalkeepers

As reported by the Daily Mail, Arsenal are keen on signing Standard Liege’s Belgian goalkeeper Guillaume Hubert.

What’s the word?

As we discussed last week, Arsene Wenger is on the hunt for new goalkeepers to replace the aging Petr Cech, who can’t have many years left at the top level.

The Daily Mail reckon he’s sent more scouts out across the continent to find the elite shot-stoppers of the future. One he is very interested in is 22-year old Guillaume Hubert of Standard Liege.

The report says Arsenal have now scouted the young goalkeeper 6 times, which suggests their interest in his signature is not fleeting.

Representatives from the Gunners were there at the weekend to take in Standard Liege’s 2-2 draw with Genk.

Football Soccer -Panathinaikos v Standard Liege - Europa League Group Stage - Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium, Athens, Greece - 03/11/2016. Goalkeeper Guillaume Hubert of Standard Liege celebrates with fans. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Who is he?

Hubert hasn’t made too many professional appearances in his career, as is normal for a goalkeeper. He is however now firmly established in the Standard Liege first team.

His team narrowly missed out on qualification for the Round of 32 in the Europa League but are currently struggling in 8th in their domestic table.

He’s represented Belgium at every age group through U21s, which signifies he has the potential to be an international with that talented national team.

If Arsenal do sign him, he’s perhaps unlikely to be challenging for a first team place straight away but with the future of Petr Cech limited and Arsenal’s other ‘keepers not established, a move to North London would be a massive opportunity to stake a claim on the number 1 jersey at the Emirates eventually.