Arsenal in surprise links to banned Onana
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Arsenal in surprise links to banned Onana

Arsenal "has the greatest credentials" to recruit Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, according to Dutch television NOS, despite the fact that the player is presently serving a one-year UEFA ban for a doping violation.

Onana alleges that he mistaken his wife's prescription for aspirin, and that the prohibition is "overbroad and disproportionate."

While UEFA recognizes that the player was not attempting to obtain an unfair competitive advantage, they made it plain that “an athlete has a responsibility of care at all times to guarantee that no prohibited drugs enter the body.”

The 25-year-old Cameroon international has not played for his club since a drugs test revealed the presence of the banned substance furosemide in his urine sample in January, but he is hopeful that his suspension will be reduced following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which is set to take place tomorrow.

So, why would Arsenal be interested in a player who is now on the bench?

Mikel Arteta is rumored to be looking for a goalkeeper this summer, with Mat Ryan set to return to Brighton and Bernd Leno's future uncertain. Furthermore, Onana is likely to be available at a discount due to his current circumstances.

So, why would Arsenal be interested in a player who is now on the bench?

Mikel Arteta is rumored to be looking for a goalkeeper this summer, with Mat Ryan set to return to Brighton and Bernd Leno's future uncertain. Furthermore, Onana is likely to be available at a discount due to his current circumstances.

He might only cost a couple of million pounds if he has to sit out another seven months. Even if his sentence is shortened, he will still be worth between £6 and £9 million.

Given his age, expertise, and pedigree, Arsenal appear to be considering taking a chance on his long-term value. Arsenal aren't alone, of course. Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested.