With Matt Macey reportedly set to join Hibernian on loan until the end of the season, it appears that an opportunity could open up for another goalkeeper to become Arsenal’s third-choice in that position.
It is of course possible that Arsenal could look to bring in a shot-stopper from elsewhere, and there may well be suggestions that they should sign somebody as a second-choice given concerns over Alex Runarsson.
However, Arsenal have a very talented goalkeeper in their academy who is capable of stepping up to be third choice.
Arthur Okonkwo has long been seen as a potential future member of the first-team squad, and this may be the opportunity that he has been waiting for.
The 19-year-old trained with the first-team squad yesterday and has impressed on the few occasions that he has been called upon at youth level this season.
Karl Hein, who is already a senior Estonia international, has often been selected ahead of Okonkwo for Arsenal’s U23 side.
While Hein has excellent reflexes and possesses much in the way of potential, he does have a tendency to make costly errors at times.
Okonkwo, in contrast, is a much more reliable goalkeeper at this stage and is a calming presence between the sticks.
Last season was incredibly tough for Okonkwo as he missed the entire campaign due to a health problem and this season he was left out for several games following a disciplinary issue.
Now, though, he appears to be back on track and certainly seems to be Arsenal’s best option to step in if Macey does go on loan.