Arsenal are considering acquiring a new goalkeeper, with Dutch youngster Guy Smit invited to the club's London Colney training centre for a two-week trial. The 20-year-old, formerly of Vitesse Arnhem, is currently a free agent after leaving Eredivisie outfit NEC Nijmegen this summer and will now hope to sufficiently impress Arsene Wenger in his bid to earn a contract.
Although Arsenal finally possess an undisputed number one in the form of Petr Cech after years of uncertainty, the future of his current deputies appear subject to considerable doubt. Colombian international David Ospina has been widely linked with a potential move to Turkish champions Besiktas after making only 12 appearances across all competitions last term, while the situation regarding Wojciech Szczesny should finally be settled over the coming weeks following Poland's elimination by Portugal at the quarter-final stage of Euro 2016.
The former Brentford loanee was generally considered as Wenger's first-choice 'keeper before New Year's Day 2015, when he was dropped and replaced by Ospina in the aftermath of an error-strewn individual showing in a 2-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton.
He was later fined £20,000 after allegedly being caught smoking in the showers at St Mary's and appeared again only in the FA Cup before joining AS Roma on a year-long loan deal. Szczesny became a regular fixture in the Italian capital and the club have made little secret of their desire to see him return for another season, despite the addition of Alisson from Internacional.
"This opportunity I have to seize," Smit, who would also face competition from the likes of Matt Macey and Emiliano Martinez, was quoted as saying by the Dutch media after an initial report from De Gelderlander. He has previously attracted attention from Championship promotion hopefuls Brighton and Hove Albion.
Arsenal, who began their pre-season preparations earlier this week, attracted widespread ridicule last year, when they became the only club in the top five leagues of European football not to sign an outfield player. They moved in January to recruit Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel and have already bolstered their ranks this summer with the additions of highly-rated Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka and Japan striker Takuma Asano, who join from Borussia Monchengladbach and Sanfrecce Hiroshima respectively.