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Arsenal goalkeeper reveals how the club rejected offers for him in January

One Arsenal goalkeeper has revealed that the club rejected offers for him to leave in January and is happy for him to stay.

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Karl Hein, Aaron Ramsdale & David Raya
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21-year-old Estonian goalkeeper, Karl Hein has revealed that Arsenal rejected loan offers for him in January, opting to keep him as backup to David Raya and Aaron Ramsdale.

Following a stint with Reading last January, where he gained valuable first-team experience, Hein returned to Arsenal in the summer. Despite limited playing time at the Emirates Stadium, Hein remains one of only two under-21 players in Mikel Arteta’s squad. He has primarily featured in Premier League 2 matches and made a solitary appearance in the EFL Trophy.

Speaking to Delfi Sport, Hein acknowledged the club’s decision to keep him, stating, “There was some interest [in January], but the club didn’t let me this time. I need playing time as a young goalkeeper, but right now I need to help Arsenal, and that’s my responsibility, and I’m happy to do it.”

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Arsenal goalkeeper Karl Hein is also expected to leave the club this summer

Arsenal goalkeeper Karl Hein (Image credit: Getty Images)

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Despite his restricted playing time at Arsenal, Hein continues to be a fixture in the Estonian national team and expressed excitement about the Euro 2024 play-off and viewing it as a significant opportunity.

“My fitness is fine and the form is good,” he added. “I am very excited about the upcoming camp. When it was confirmed that we would get such a game, it arrived immediately. It’s a big game and a big opportunity.”

Looking ahead, Hein may be considering potential opportunities at Arsenal, particularly with Aaron Ramsdale rumoured to depart the club in the upcoming transfer window. This could open a door for Hein to advance temporarily in the pecking order.

However, with Arteta likely to recruit a senior backup for David Raya, Hein’s future at Arsenal remains uncertain. Currently under contract until 2025, his next steps may depend on the club’s transfer decisions and his desire for regular playing time.

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