The relegation side goal keeper Ben Foster has stated that he would ‘love’ to sign for Arsenal or Aston Villa this summer, as he told his own podcast.
The 39-year-old will leave relegated-Watford when his contract expires in June and he is open to the idea of becoming a ‘number two’ at either Arsenal or Aston Villa.
Aaron Ramsdale, who Arsenal signed last summer, is the number one at the Emirates, with Bernd Leno as the back-up – although, he might depart.
Over at Villa Park, Emiliano Martinez is the man donning the number one goalkeeping gloves, with Robin Olsen as the number two.
It would be difficult for Foster to join Villa, not just because he played for Birmingham City, but because they already have enough senior keepers at the club.
But, if Leno does leave Arsenal, then that door does open, as Foster spoke about what he might do next in his career.
“Yes, I would (go in as a number two),” said Foster. “If I am signing for a club, as a number two goalkeeper, depending on who the first choice goalkeeper is.
“Say, it was someone like Arsenal or something. Or even Aston Villa. Where the first-choice goalkeeper where I know is a world-class goalie. Someone like Ramsdale or Martinez or something.
“I know I have a world-class goalkeeper in front of me, who is still at an age where they are learning and they can get better. And they can because they have the potential.
“I would let that point go, ‘right, I am going to help you as much as I can to maximise your ability and make sure you become a monster, give you all the tools that I have learnt’.
“I would love to do that and I would happily go in every day by saying ‘this is my role’ because it’s a massive role.”
ARSENAL AN IDEAL MOVE FOR FOSTER
Watford’s training ground is right next to Arsenal’s, so from that perspective, it suits Foster.
Added with that, the Englishman, who has made 390 Premier League appearances during his career, is also good friends with Ramsdale.
So, the relationship with the duo is already strong, plus if Leno leaves, then that leaves a space open for someone to join.
All in all, it might not be a bad shout for Arsenal to sign Foster on a free-transfer this summer, especially given that they will be playing Europa League football this term.