Swansea City goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is arguably the best goalkeeper in the Championship right now.

The Newcastle United loanee has kept more clean sheets than any other keeper in the second tier, and his performances have understandably installed him as a firm fans' favourite in SA1.

His showings for the Swans have attracted praise nearly every week, and the noise around his performances hasn't gone unnoticed by those higher up the footballing food chain.

Having recently signed a new three-year deal at parent club Newcastle, Woodman has also seen his name linked with Arsenal recently, with the Gunners seemingly looking to strengthen their options between the sticks.

Recent reports have suggested that they could even be tempted to make a move this month, with boss Mikel Arteta recently admitting that a new keeper was one of his January transfer priorities.

Arteta said: "We are assessing the situation with the three positions on the goalkeeping area and we will find a different solution, probably in this window."

So, could the Gunners realistically make a move? We spoke to Arsenal writer Kaya Kaynak at Football.London to get the very latest on where things stand.

What's the latest situation in regards to Arsenal's interest as you understand it?

What we know now is that Freddie Woodman is on Arsenal's shortlist of players they're looking at in the goalkeeping position. But that has been the case since the start of last season, so not much has changed there. What has changed though is that Arsenal are on the hunt for a goalkeeper. The poor form of Runar Alex Runarsson in the cups means the Gunners don't have good enough back up for Bernd Leno and Mikel Arteta has admitted he's looking to bring someone in this month. Ideally that someone would be English as Arsenal's third choice goalkeeper Matt Macey left the club this month to join Hibs. With him gone the Gunners now have less English players to fill the quota of eight that is required for the 25-man Premier League squad.

Would Woodman be an attractive signing for Arteta then?


As I mentioned before the fact that he's English will definitely be a plus in Arteta's eyes but I think more importantly for the Spaniard is how good Woodman is with his feet. Arteta wants to build out from the back in a similar manner to Pep Guardiola, so Woodman could be an ideal fit for that. The fact that he's also a great shot stopper who has been in top form for Swansea this season also is an added bonus.

His father, Andy, is head of goalkeeping with the under-23s at the Emirates. Could that have an impact?


Probably not, but Arsenal have signed goalkeepers on the recommendations of their staff members before. Runarsson was brought in over the summer almost purely because he worked with the Gunners' goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana at FC Nordsjaelland in Norway. Andy Woodman's seal of approval could therefore be an advantage in paving the way for Freddie to come to the Emirates, but I doubt it will make too much of an impact.


Woodman is clearly going to find it hard to get first team football at Newcastle given the form of Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow up there. Would he get many opportunities at the Emirates?
I think if Woodman came into Arsenal he would be number two behind Bernd Leno. Leno has been phenomenal pretty much ever since he arrived from Bayer Leverkusen two and a half years ago. Woodman would be likely therefore to play in all of the Gunners' cup games which if they qualify for European football would likely include Europa League matches as well.

This may not be too attractive a prospect, but all it takes is one injury to Leno and he is suddenly number one goalkeeper for one of the biggest clubs in England which would be great exposure. Look at what happened with Emi Martinez last season. After Leno dislocated his knee at Brighton the Argentinian played every game for the remainder of the season and is now a regular number one goalkeeper for club and country.

Woodman will have his eye on the England goalkeeping jersey eventually with there being no standout candidate right now, so getting opportunities at Arsenal would be a great way to catch Gareth Southgate's eye.


What do you see happening next? One to keep an eye on?

I'd be very surprised if Woodman was sold this January. He's currently doing very well with Swansea and I don't see why he'd want to cut his loan spell short unless first team Premier League football was guaranteed until the end of this season. Arsenal also don't have much money and recently had to take out a £120m loan from the Bank of England to help with cashflow so I can't see them spending big on Woodman right now. That's especially when you consider he just signed a contract with Newcastle and is English which tends to bump up the price of players. However, things could be very different come the summer when Woodman goes back to Newcastle. Arsenal will have more money to spend with the wages of players like Mesut Ozil and David Luiz off the bill, and Woodman could be seen as a good long-term investment.