Arsene Wenger urged to make this Arsenal signing in the summer
Tony Cottee says Arsenal should consider a move to sign Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford
Arsenal should look to sign Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford this summer, according to Tony Cottee.
The England international has been one of the only Sunderland players to emerge with his reputation enhanced following a dismal season under David Moyes.
Pickford has managed to keep Sunderland competitive in Premier League games despite their abject performances throughout the 2016-17 campaign.
Arsenal signed Petr Cech in an £11m deal from Chelsea in the 2015 summer transfer window after Thibaut Courtois usurped the Czech Republic international as first-choice goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge.
Colombia international David Ospina is Cech’s understudy at The Emirates but the South American has been criticised for his erratic performances in the Champions League and domestic cup competitions.
Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ about Pickford’s future at Sunderland, former Everton and West Ham forward Cottee urged Wenger to consider a move for the 23-year-old shot stopper.
“The problem for Arsenal will be that there will be so many clubs interested in him,” Cottee said.
“He will definitely leave Sunderland this summer, there’s no doubt about that. Once the price is agreed, he will move on.
“If David De Gea goes to Real Madrid, Manchester United will need a new goalkeeper. Man City certainly need a goalkeeper, Everton need a goalkeeper, you could argue that Liverpool need a goalkeeper.
“There’s five or six of the top clubs who need a goalkeeper.
“He’d be a good fit for Arsenal but I think there’ll be a lot of big clubs going in for him, he’s a fantastic young goalkeeper.”
Arsenal are in fifth place in the Premier League table.
The Gunners will take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.