Arsenal news: Gunners starlet reportedly set to leave for free in 12 months
Young Arsenal goalkeeper Karl Hein looks set to leave the Gunners in 12 months time. According to Football London, contract talks have stalled and the starlet will depart.
The 19-year-old is yet to make his first-team debut for Arsenal. He was on the bench seven times during last season’s Europa League campaign, however.
Hein played nine times for the under-23 ranks during 2020/21, keeping a single clean sheet during a 6-0 win over Blackburn.
The teenager has begun making an impact on the international stage. He’s played the full 90 minutes in the last two Estonia fixtures, keeping a clean sheet against Finland.
Losing the youngster will represent a blow to Arsenal. The player is already his country’s number one and he looks to have serious potential.
It’s unclear at this stage why talks with the player have stalled. Given his meteoric rise with Estonia though, it could be down to the lack of first team football he feels he would get at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal could rue decision to offload future star Hein
The Estonian goalkeeper looks set for a really big future in football. Indeed, he’s highly-rated among the coaching staff at Arsenal.
It seems a surprise that more isn’t being done to keep him in North London, especially given the current goalkeeping situation.
Bernd Leno has been linked with a move, with Runar Runarsson currently the deputy. The Icelandic stopper has looked very raw though and could even leave on loan.
Andre Onana has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Mikel Arteta will surely want to add a stopper this summer.
Arsenal have high hopes for Arthur Okonkwo and are giving him a long-term deal at the club.
Hein may see that as the Gunners preferring him and could view him as a potential obstacle in the quest for first-team football.
Arsenal could live to rue their decision to let Hein leave. It’ll now be interesting to see what level of clubs come forward to sign him.