Could Augsburg's Marwin Hitz be an Arsenal summer transfer window signing out of left field? To cover that hypothetical, here is a scouting report on Hitz, a 26-year-old Swiss goalkeeper.
At 6'4", 185 pounds, Hitz possesses the archetypal size you seek in a top-flight goalkeeper.
He was limber in his movements to get into position as he sprung up to punch the goal-bound high-velocity shot of Hamburg utility player Tomas Rincon over the crossbar.
Hitz made several last-ditch saves to stop clear-cut goalscoring opportunities.
His reflex save denied Bayern Munich right-winger Arjen Robben a headed goal after a pinpoint cross from Bayern centre-forward Mario Mandzukic.
Hitz was in position to thwart Eintracht Frankfurt utility player Stephan Schrock's header.
Hamburg right attacking midfielder Maximilian Beister had an open look, but his shot was foiled by Hitz.
In a play against Mainz, Hitz immediately readjusted his position and cut down the angle as he stopped Mainz central attacking midfielder Koo Ja-cheol from scoring after the ball rolled into the South Korean's path.
|League Only||Marwin Hitz||Wojciech Szczesny|
|Saves Per Game||3.4||3.1|
|Saves Per Goal Conceded||3.3||2.8|
|Clean Sheets Per Game||0.37||0.43|
When you consider Hitz's history as a reserve at his previous club, Wolfsburg, he had a breakout season for Augsburg, and it was noticed.
Picture: Farewell to Wolfsburg players Alexander Madlung, Marwin Hitz, Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Thomas Kahlenberg pic.twitter.com/1oTy0fg5cp— WolfsburgUK (@WolfsburgUK) May 13, 2013
Hitz missed seven games due to injury and backed up former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger for six games and Mohamed Amsif for two games.
Hitz played 55.9 percent of Augsburg's league games, has never started 34 league games in a season and averages eight Bundesliga appearances per campaign.
His lack of playing time is a red flag.
Hitz's biggest problem is his slapdash thought process.
This contributed to him cutting down Robben, whose "right knee was bleeding and swathed in bandages," per Bayern's official website, after the random slide-tackle
There was no communication when Hitz darted straight at Augsburg left-back Matthias Ostrzolek, whose attempted clearance rebounded off Hitz's face for a calamitous own goal against Mainz.
Hitz whiffed at Dortmund defensive midfielder Sven Bender's header and collided into Ostrzolek.
Another area Hitz needs to improve is saving penalties.
Hitz went the opposite direction when Mainz left attacking midfielder Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting took his spot-kick.
This happened again when Bayern right-winger Thomas Mueller converted his penalty.
Against Stuttgart centre-forward Vedad Ibisevic, Hitz dived the right direction, but the shot was perfectly placed.
This means Hitzfeld and his brain trust rate Hitz as the fourth-best Swiss goalkeeper—is that good enough for Arsenal?
Given Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann's swift ascension from obscurity, Hitz has the potential to transition into an elite goalkeeper.
Key to Schalke's form no doubt Ralf Fahrmann. Since he became No. 1 in week 13 no team has conceded fewer goals than Schalke (16 in 20).— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) May 10, 2014
Ralf Fährmann has saved 79.5% of the shots on his goal this season,the best save percentage of the Bundesliga's regular keepers.— Schalke UK news (@Schalke_UK) May 9, 2014
Hitz should be a backup transfer target for Arsenal because there are better options in the market, such as free agent Guillermo Ochoa, per Tom Marshall at Goal.com.
It's unlikely that Barcelona will sign Ajaccio goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (28), who has been offered to Barcelona on a free transfer. [md]— barcastuff (@barcastuff) June 3, 2014
Statistics via WhoScored.com.