Arsenal have handed a two-week trial to Dutch keeper Guy Smit after the 20-year-old’s contract expired at Eredivisie outfit NEC Nijmegen.
The Gunners aren’t exactly short of keepers at the moment with Petr Cech the outright first choice, Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina battling it out to be number two, Emiliano Martinez back from his loan at Wolves and youngsters Matt Macey, Ryan Huddart, Deyan Iliev and Hugo Keto waiting in the wings.
That said, it’s not unusual for Arsene to invite players to London Colney at this time of year.
On occasion these young hopefuls get a run out in first team friendlies – see Yaya Toure, the Egyptian defender Ahmed Fathi and that chap with the headband who now plays for Colombia. Others, like Kolo, are handed deals immediately.
We’ll keep you posted on any developments. And yes…we think that may be a new low for our headlines.