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Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia will sign for Arsenal this summer, following head coach Unai Emery to the club, according to reports in France.
RMC report that Garcia will join Emery’s new backroom team at the club. GFFN write that the news is a ‘big loss’ for PSG, as Garcia was very highly rated in the capital.
Their loss is Arsenal’s gain, as the Gunners have really struggled with goalkeepers in recent years. Plenty of shot-stoppers have joined the club with good reputations, only to go on to make mistake after mistake each week.
The most prominent recent example of that is of course Petr Cech, who joined as one of the best ‘keepers in Premier League history, and who topped Europe’s top five leagues for errors directly leading to goals this campaign.
The problem has largely been put down to former Arsenal goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton in recent years. He was the only constant as the club moved from one goalkeeper to another after all. It was rumoured that Arsenal had a choice between keeping Peyton or Wojciech Szczesny after a falling out between the pair.
Whether he was really the problem, it’s hard to say. Szczesny certainly improved upon leaving for AS Roma though. Hopefully the new coach can get the club back on track between the sticks.
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