Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger opens up on links to Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak | Football | Sport



Oblak has forged a reputation as one of the world’s top goalkeepers since joining Atletico from Benfica back in 2014.

And his La Liga-best record of 21 clean sheets this season has ensured he’s attracted his fair share of admirers.

Oblak was in fine form once again on Thursday night as Atletico secured a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie.

Speaking post-match, Wenger revealed his admiration for the 25-year-old Slovenia international, who started his career with Olimpija Ljubljana.

“For me he’s one of the best keepers in Europe and he’s shown that tonight,” said Arsene Wenger.

Wenger was also asked about Arsenal being linked with a move for Oblak, despite it being known that’s leaving the Emirates in the summer.

“I leave that to other people now,” he added.

Arsenal may be in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer with Petr Cech coming towards the end of his career and David Ospina producing inconsistent form.

And getting Oblak on-board may be simpler if they decide they want to prise Diego Simeone away from Atletico Madrid too.

Simeone has been touted as a potential successor for Wenger at Arsenal and has managed Oblak throughout his time in Madrid.

Luis Enrique, Massimiliano Allegri, Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel and Carlo Ancelotti have also been mentioned as possible managerial targets.


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