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Newcastle fans react to reported Arsenal interest in Freddie Woodman

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A number of Newcastle United supporters have reacted to reports that Freddie Woodman is attracting the attention of Arsenal, who have been monitoring him since last season, according to Football London.

Woodman has been sent out on loan to Championship side Swansea for the last two campaigns, with the Magpies well-stocked in the goalkeeping department. The 23-year-old has established himself as one of the best-performing keepers outside of the Premier League in the last year or so, racking up 12 clean sheets and averaging 2.6 saves per game in the second tier last term (Sofascore).

The goalkeeper’s form during his second loan spell with Swansea has been even more impressive, with the 23-year-old having kept a league-high 14 clean sheets in 23 appearances and recording a save percentage of 60.9% (Transfermarkt). That has seen Woodman concede an average of just 0.5 goals per game, which shows just how commanding he has been for the Swans.

Steve Bruce is already facing what he described as an ‘awful’ choice between the in-form Karl Darlow and the returning Martin Dubravka for the number one slot at Newcastle. The former has so far retained his place in the starting line-up in the Premier League and his impressive form has seen him linked with a potential England call-up.

It has now emerged that Arsenal are looking to solve their issues of needing a new backup goalkeeper by making a potential move for Woodman, according to Football London. That news was shared on Twitter by @NUFC360 and had lots of Magpies supporters discussing whether they should cash in on the 23-year-old.

Newcastle fans react to Freddie Woodman reports

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Many Newcastle fans were insistent that the Magpies should look to make Woodman the future of their side and should only sell him if it includes a buyback clause, while others just wanted them to tie him down to an extended new deal.


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