The speculation surrounding Arsenal’s goalkeeper situation has taken a new twist with the Mirror reporting Academy coach Tony Roberts has agreed to join Swansea.
On the books at the Emirates for seven years, Roberts initially trained the club’s youngsters before he stepped up to first team duties in 2010 where he assisted Gerry Peyton.
After last summer’s Academy backroom reshuffle, which saw Andries Jonker replace Liam Brady, the 45-year-old returned to coaching younger prospects.
Welshman Roberts is close to both Wojciech Szczesny, who thanked him personally when he signed a new contract in 2013, and Lukasz Fabianski, who he’ll hook up with at the Liberty Stadium.
The move heightens suggestions Arsene Wenger could use a move for Petr Cech to also lure Chelsea’s goalkeeper coach Christopher Lollichon to London Colney. The French coach oversaw the Czech stopper’s rise to prominence at Rennes before following him to Stamford Bridge in 2007.
Reports also surfaced this morning that David Ospina could be sacrificed to help push through a move for Cech. The Colombian international has been tipped to move to Turkey with Fenerbahce supposedly making €5.5 million offer to Arsenal.