Wenger wants to bring either Eastlands keeper to the Emirates.
Arsenal ‘approach Manchester City over Shay Given or Joe Hart transfers’
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to make an ambitious move for Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given or his Eastlands team-mate Joe Hart to revamp his underachieving side.
City, who gave back-up keeper Stuart Taylor a new deal at the start of the week, are unlikely to keep both Given and Hart happy as only one will win the battle for the No.1 shirt.
If either Given or Hart is denied regular first-team football, he is likely to quit the club – with the Gunners keen to sign an experienced goalkeeper after enduring problems with first choice Manuel Almunia last season.
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Wenger has previously been linked with both keepers, as well as several shot-stoppers on the continent, and is keen to bring in a new number one for pre-season training. (The Metro)
This seems quite a wise decision. It seems highly unlikely that whichever of the two quality keepers Roberto Mancini has to place on the bench will be happy sitting out for too long. Joe Hart and Shay Given are two of the best in the Premier League and the rumour is that the Man City boss is leaning towards giving the England international the first team starting berth, which will of course incense his Irish international Given.
Arsenal desperately need to bring in a new goalie having seen both Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski fail to prove themselves as realistic first choice candidates. Last term the north London outfit conceded more Premier League goals than they had in the previous six seasons and a lot of that had to do with neither keeper being able to put in a solid performance in the big game matches.
Gunners fans would surely be happy with either of the £8m rated custodians and it is now down to whether the Eastlands outfit it ready to do business with a club they may feel are rivals in a title or Champions League place race.