FACTFILE: Giedrius Arlauskis
Date of Birth: December 1, 1987
Place of Birth: Telsiai, Lithuania
Senior Career: Siauliai 2005 – 2007 (33 appearances), Unirea Urziceni 2008 – 2010 (55 appearances), Rubin Kazan 2010 – 2014 (7 appearances), Steaua Bucharest 2014 – 2015 (25 appearances).
International Career: Lithuania (18 appearances from 2008)
WATFORD’s newest Premier League recruit arrives at Vicarage Road with impressive European pedigree, having so far enjoyed a career across three top European league.
The 'keeper has won the Romanian league twice - with Unirea Urziceni and Steaua Bucharest respectively, as well as the Romanian League domestic double with Steaua, who were crowned champions for a record 26th time in the 2014/15 season.
Arlauskis was part of the Unirea Urziceni side who qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stages in the 2009/10 season. The Romanian side were pitted against Sevilla, Rangers and Stuttgart.
The ‘Orns most recent arrival played 450 minutes – all five of the side’s group games in that year. However, a record of a win, two draws and two defeats meant they did not progress in the competition.
More recently, he was part of the Steaua Bucharest side that were defeated in the final qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League last season, as his side lost on penalties to Bulgarian side Ludogorets – who would go on to face Liverpool, Real Madrid and FC Basel in the group stages last year.
You may remember the game for the heroics of Ludogrets defender Cosmin Moti, who saved two Steaua spot kicks after Vladislav Stoyanov's sending off in extra time.
Internationally, Arlauskis was at Wembley in March where the keeper played the entire 90 minutes of Lithuania’s 4-0 loss to England.
The keeper's international debut came back in 2010, where the side lost 4-0 away to Ukraine in a friendly.
His competitive debut was just a month later, when Arlauskis kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Latvia in the Baltic Cup.
In 2013, a trio of matches in Lithuania's qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil followed, before the keeper played a further part in their bid to qualify for the 2016 European Championships in France.
Did you know…
• Arlauskis was part of the Unirea Urziceni side that was knocked of the Europa League by Liverpool in 2010 – the keeper played both matches. The first was a 1-0 loss at Anfield, before the Romanian side lost the second leg 3-1 to be eliminated from the competition.
• Arlauskis kept 12 clean sheets in his 25 league appearances for Steaua Bucharest in the 2014/15 season.
• Arlauskis’ latest spell in European competition came in last season’s Europa League, where the Lithuanian played all six of Steaua Bucharest’s group matches