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Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has been urged not to join Arsenal as they have “slipped in recent years”.
The advice comes from former Ajax star and Dutch midfield maestro Wesley Sneijder, who would much rather the goalkeeper joined a club like Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Cameroon international shot-stopper Onana is widely expected to leave the Dutch giants this summer and has been closely linked with a move to Arsenal.
The Gunners are said to be keen to sign a goalkeeper to provide competition to Bernd Leno for the number one shirt at the club, with Onana said to be high on their wanted list.
Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has been linked with a transfer to Arsenal
In February, the Cameroonian was banned from all football activities for 12 months by UEFA after testing positive for the banned substance Furosemide.
The decision was appealed on the basis that Onana had accidentally taken his wife’s medicine and upon appeal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban to nine months earlier this week.
That reduction means that Arsenal could be tempted to make a move for him this summer in anticipation of his availability for selection commencing in November.
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However, Sneijder – who retired from playing in 2019 after a glittering career – advised Onana to move to another club due to the North London’s side decline in recent years.
Sneijder said at Voetbal International Live : "I expect him to leave. I think he is a great goalkeeper. At the top level of European football? Yes, certainly.”
When the former midfielder was then asked directly about the Gunners being favourites to land the shot-stopper, he gave a downbeat response.
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Sneijder added: "I would rather not see him at Arsenal. It is a fantastic club, but it has slipped in recent years. I'd rather see him play at Real Madrid or FC Barcelona."
The conversation then moved on to the goalkeeper’s ban from playing, and whilst it was positive news that it was reduced by three months upon appeal, Sneijder believes that it was reduced at all means that the current nine months is an excessive punishment.
The 37-year-old continued: "I think it is nonsense. If you can reduce such a sentence by three months, why not by six months?
"Let that boy start preparing. He has already had his sentence, right? If he has missed half a year, it is fine, right? If you reduce it (the ban), you are actually admitting that you have made a mistake."
Onana has spent the entirety of his professional career at Ajax, whom he joined in 2015 and where he has now amassed over 200 first-team appearances.
Capped 18 times at international level by Cameroon, Onana started his career at the Samuel Eto’o Foundation before joining Barcelona’s youth system as a 14-year-old in 2010.
Having won five trophies with the Dutch giants and featuring in the 2017 Europa League final and 2019 Champions League semi-finals, he has now been widely tipped with a move to North London.