Earlier this summer, Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was linked with a move to Arsenal.
In May, the Chronicle claimed that the Gunners, alongside Southampton, were keen on signing the young goalkeeper.
Rumours intensified as Newcastle looked to complete a deal for Joe Willock, with the Chronicle suggesting that Woodman could be used in a player plus cash deal to bring the midfielder back to St James’ Park. This rumour divided some fans.
By the start of the season a deal was done for Willock, while Woodman shockingly found himself starting in the Premier League.
Injury to Martin Dubravka and illness to Karl Darlow has handed Woodman a chance, although his opening two games have ended in defeat.
So far, the 24-year-old has conceded six goals, but has received limited protection from his defence.
There is still a chance Woodman could leave the club this summer, but a £24million deal in North London makes a move to Arsenal very unlikely.
Aaron Ramsdale’s Arsenal move should keep Freddie Woodman at Newcastle
Last week Arsenal announced the arrival of 23-year-old goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. He’s arrived for a fee of £24million, but the deal could rise to £30million.
It’s a big signing by Arsenal, and one that should end their interest in Woodman.
Mikel Arteta’s side have spent big money this summer, so there’s surely no chance that they’ll splash even more cash on a similarly aged goalkeeper.
This is good news for Newcastle, as Woodman should be our number one in the coming years.
While this season he’s got his chance early, he could still probably do with another year on loan away from St James’ Park. But circumstance has thrusted him into the spotlight.
He’s getting his chance with the Magpies, now it’s up to him to prove that he can be a Newcastle United number one.