Deyan Iliev will turn 25 during the 2019/20 season so it is surely time for his future to be resolved.
The goalkeeper, who has been called up by North Macedonia at senior level, is one of Arsenal’s longest serving players, having joined the club in 2012.
Iliev has been named on the bench for the first-team on several occasions, including for the Europa League final against Chelsea, but has yet to feature for the senior side.
That could well change this campaign as there appears a good chance that Iliev could finally be officially promoted to the senior squad.
With Bernd Leno as first choice, Emiliano Martinez as backup and David Ospina set to leave, there is a space in the first-team squad for an extra goalkeeper.
There is a possibility that the club could bring in a veteran shot-stopper for a season, but Unai Emery has been impressed by Iliev’s displays in training.
Last season Iliev was again the first-choice goalkeeper for Arsenal at U23 level, but, despite making some impressive stops, his overall performances were far from convincing, with his kicking leaving a lot to be desired.
However, Iliev is still rated very highly by the club and his relative experience could give him the edge over Arthur Okonkwo, who is extremely talented but is just 17 years old so may not be ready to step up to the first-team just yet.
It isn’t guaranteed that Iliev will be retained this summer but he certainly has an opportunity to achieve his long-standing aim of getting into the first-team squad.
Iliev is currently on holiday with Krystian Bielik, another Arsenal player whose future at the club is uncertain.
When Iliev returns to London Colney it will certainly be interesting to see what the club has in store for him.