In Focus: Arsenal target Alban Lafont can be Petr Cech’s long-term replacement

According to reports on French website Le 10 Sport, Arsenal are lining up a move for Toulouse goalkeeper and AC Milan target Alban Lafont with David Ospina’s future at the Emirates in doubt.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 18-year-old stopper is attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe after breaking into the first team with the Ligue 1 outfit over the course of the last two seasons and Milan are targeting the France Under-20 international as a possible replacement for Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to Le 10 Sport.

However, the report adds that Arsenal are interested too with Ospina looking to be on his way out this summer, and with Arsene Wenger looking for a long-term replacement for Petr Cech.

How well did Lafont do last season?

Despite his tender years Lafont made 36 Ligue 1 appearances – and 38 in all competitions, for Toulouse last term and conceded on just 43 occasions, keeping 11 clean sheets.

He also only missed the final league game of the campaign as he was representing his country at the Under-20 World Cup.

While his club side may have ended the campaign in 13th, only the top three teams let in fewer goals and the stopper played a huge part in that.

It is no wonder that he is attracting admiring glances from some of European giants.

Would he be a good signing for Arsenal?

The Burkina Faso-born keeper looks to have a bright future ahead of him and he could certainly be an investment for the future.

With Ospina potentially on his way out and Cech reaching the later years of his career, the Gunners will need to find a new number one sooner rather than later and if they get Lafont this summer, he could gradually be eased into the role, unless Wenger decides he is ready now.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Lafont looks to have a huge future in the game and if Arsenal really are looking for a long-term number one goalkeeper that can grow into the role over the next few years, then they should go all out to beat the likes of AC Milan to the signature of the 18-year-old – perhaps even getting the deal done this summer.