Report: Arsenal eye soon to be available 22-year-old, scouts assess him five times
By Will Butcher
Arsenal scouts were in attendance to watch Standard Liege goalkeeper Guillaume Hubert on Sunday, according to a report.
Belgian outlet HLN claim that the Gunners watched the 22-year-old produce a man of the match display, as Standard drew 2-2 away from home against Genk.
It is believed that it was not the first time that Hubert has been watched by the Gunners, with the report indicating that Arsenal scouts have been in attendance on five separate occasions to watch Hubert.
Hubert produced a range of top saves to keep out rivals Genk during his ninth appearance of the season in all competitions.
With his contract set to expire in the summer, Arsenal could look to secure a cut-price deal to sign the Belgium Under-21’s international in less than a fortnight.
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Arsene Wenger could be looking to bring in a long-term replacement for Petr Cech, who turns 35 towards the end of the season.
Since his move to Belgium in 2012 from French outfit Valenciennes, Hubert has made a total of 33 appearances for the Europa League outfit.
Football Insider verdict:
A move for the young goalkeeper would prove a shrewd bit of business by Wenger, with Hubert highly rated by those in his home country. His undoubted ability to produce saves that many could not holds him in high regard at the Belgian club, and a bargain deal in January could be struck by Wenger. Still only 22, Hubert is good enough to act as Cech’s under study before replacing him in the long term when the Premier League champion opts to leave the Emirates Stadium. Hubert’s potential arrival in north London is likely to spell the end for both David Ospina and Emi Martinez, who would be pushed down the pecking order if Hubert was brought in.
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