Arsenal were interested in landing highly-rated goalkeeper Radoslaw Majecki prior to his £5 million transfer to Monaco, his former Legia Warsaw coach Krzysztof Dowhan has told Przeglad Sportowy.
The club’s error-prone back line has come in for plenty of criticism once again this campaign, but the club have two very reliable goalkeepers on their books.
Bernd Leno continues to thrive in spite of the chaos that often takes place in front of him while Argentine star Emiliano Martinez produced some eye-catching displays during an often nervy Europa League group-stage.
But with the Gunners looking to the future as well as the present, Arsenal scouts were a regular presence in Warsaw with 20-year-old Radoslaw attracting plenty of admiring glances from North London.
“I knew that he was being monitored by Western clubs. Arsenal watched him for a long time,” Krzysztof admits.
“I remember how the Gunners’ goalkeeping coach came and watched our warm-ups, because you can often learn a lot more about the goalkeeper’s skills (from warm-ups) than by looking at the match itself.”
Radoswal opted to move to AS Monaco instead in a £5 million deal, leaving the Gunners and fellow suitors Rangers disappointed, before returning to Legia on loan until the end of the campaign.
It remains to be seen, however, if a player who has been likened to compatriots Lukasz Fabianski and Artur Boruc has made the right decision.
Then again, with both Danijel Subasic and Diego Benaglio out of contract in the summer, there could be a place in Les Monegasques’ first-team for Majecki sooner rather than later.