Sam Johnstone has interest from Arsenal and West Ham United this summer, but talkSPORT say the Gunners appear to have pulled out of the transfer race to turn their attentions to Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale.
Arsenal are reportedly weighing up a £30m bid for the 23-year-old, but the story has been met with bemusement on social media. Many believe Johnstone is the better goalkeeper of the two, but the goalkeepers actually have some identical statistics.
Johnstone faced 228 shots on target from 37 Premier League games last season and saved 70.6% of the efforts faced, conceding one goal fewer (74) than his expected goals (75.3).
Ramsdale faced 205 shots on target from 38 Premier League games last season and saved 70.7% of the efforts faced, conceding one goal more (63) than his expected goals (61.9).
Both goalkeepers made England’s 26-man squad for the 2020 European Championships, but Ramsdale’s selection came after Manchester United’s Dean Henderson withdrew with a hip injury.
So Gareth Southgate recognised Johnstone as the better goalkeeper and a lot of fans agree, but Arsenal are going in another direction.