Arsenal beaten to keeper signing after scouting star in Poland

Date published: Wednesday 12th February 2020 2:22 - Matthew Briggs

It has been revealed that Arsenal had real interest in signing of Radosław Majecki from Legia Warsaw in January before the player moved to Monaco.

Ligue 1 side AS Monaco completed the signing of the 20-year-old keeper for a reported fee of €6m before allowing the goalkeeper to return to the Polish club on loan until the end of this season.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had though had taken a big interest in the player, who impressed for Legia Warsaw in the qualifiers of the Europa League, keeping seven clean sheets in eight matches.

In an interview with Przegląd Sportowy via Sport Witness goalkeeping coach Krzysztof Dowhan said Arsenal had scouted the young keeper in Poland.

“I knew that he was being monitored by western clubs, but I was not aware that it was specifically about this team [Monaco]. It turned out that they had been interested in him for a year,” Dowhan said.

“Arsenal also watched [Majecki] for a long time. I remember how the Gunners’ goalkeeping coach came to Łazienkowska Street, watched warm-ups, because one can often learn a lot more about the goalkeeper’s skills than looking at the match itself.

 

 

 

“The French [side] were the more specific, determined. It is important to me that we have him until the end of the season. I think it was a bargaining chip in talks between clubs.”

The Polish publication claims Majecki wants to follow the footsteps of compatriot and West Ham keeper Łukasz Fabianski.

“He is a little more powerful than Fabian, they have technical training at a similar level, but he is also a bit like Artur Boruc.

“I am happy to see Radziu catch the ball. Not only with his hands, but with his whole body. Fabian has the same thing. He is very confident in interventions; he goes all the way. It’s similar in life: like a kid, but he knows what he wants,” added Dowhan.

 

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