'Pretty obvious': 20-year-old Arsenal player who made big error on debut now set to start vs Lyon - journalist
Arsenal are set to step up their preparations for the Premier League restarting with a friendly against Lyon on Thursday.
‘The Alexandre Lacazette Derby’ will take place as part of the Dubai Super Cup, which Liverpool are also playing in.
Arteta is obviously missing a number of key players who are still in Qatar for the World Cup.
Some of Arsenal’s players have only just been eliminated from the competition, and won’t be available either.
Takehiro Tomiyasu admitted after Japan’s defeat last night he’s not sure when he’ll join up with the squad in Dubai.
Matt Turner is another player who Watts believes won’t be available after the United States were knocked out on Saturday.
Therefore, the Goal journalist says that young goalkeeper Karl Hein is expected to start against Lyon on Thursday.
Hein is the current third-choice goalkeeper at Arsenal, and has been on the bench on a number of occasions.
However, he’ll want to forget one moment from his Arsenal debut in the Carabao Cup against Brighton this season.
Hein expected to start against Lyon
Speaking on his YouTube channel about the expected line-up, Watts said: “The goalkeeper is pretty obvious, I think that’s going to be [Karl] Hein in goal, just because Ramsdale’s still in action at the World Cup.
“Matt Turner I don’t think, from what I’ve heard, has gone straight to Dubai, he’ll probably be having a little bit of downtime, well deserved as well.
“So, I imagine it will be Hein in goal.”
Hein earned the backing of his manager after their Carabao Cup exit, despite giving away a penalty in the first-half.
“I think he deserves the chance,” Arteta said via Football London, after the Brighton defeat.
“He’s the first goalie of the national team and at his age that’s not usual.
“He totally deserved his chance. If I have to play him tomorrow again I would.
“You get experience when you play football matches and if not, you never get the experience, but Karl already has that. Errors are part of football.”
As Arteta said, Hein is already Estonia’s first choice goalkeeper, despite not playing regularly at club level.
With Arthur Okonkwo already out on loan, Hein is unlikely to get the chance to leave in January.
Instead, he’ll continue to develop alongside Ramsdale and Turner.
Hein now looks set to start against Lyon and hopefully put in a performance that makes people forget about his debut.
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