Emirates Stadium boss hopes that Roberto Mancini will allow Etihad Stadium veteran to make North London move.
Arsenal are to re-open interest in Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given after it emerged Roma were close to tying up a deal for Ajax number one Maarten Stekelenburg.
Whilst it will be a blow to Wenger on losing out on the Holland international, the side still believe they need experience between the goal posts and with Given definitely available this summer, it would seem and obvious choice. The age of goalkeepers these days is not considered old unless they are in their forties and with Given only just having turned 35, it would appear he still has some very good years ahead of him.
The former Newcastle United stopper spent most of last season on the bench but he will want to feature as a first team choice for the next campaign regardless of which he team he chooses. Arsenal will have a battle on his hands though, with Aston Villa’s Alex McLeish very keen on the Irishman after after having sold Brad Friedel to Tottenham.
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With Manuel Almunia set to be on his way back to La Liga and with Lukasz Fabianski still not wholly convincing as a first choice starter and perhaps young Pole Wojciech Szczesny being too raw for regular starts a move for Shay Given makes a great deal of sense. Clearly however there is the much stated belief that Roberto Mancini would not sell any of his players, even those on the Etihad Stadium bench, to direct rivals.
However, given that Arsenal have sold Man City Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure and Gael Clichy over the past couple of years, maybe there is scope for a deal being done? The 35 year old Irish international will not want to waste any more of what is left of his career waiting for Joe Hart to get injured and the former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers man is still one of the best custodians in the Premier League.
Wenger has finally landed the first signing of the summer in Ivory Coast striker Gervinho and has plans to make much needed additions to bolster his back line, which conceded as many goals last term than in any other Premier League season since the Frenchman took charge of the Gunners.
Centre back signings Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci both failed to inspire confidence and Thomas Vermaelen lacks first team action following a long period out last season. Johan Djourou did however impress and has begun to realise his very obvious potential.
However the Arsenal boss is still trying to avoid the loss of Samir Nasri but is struggling to prevent the Frenchman from leaving as he steadfastly refuses to sign a new deal and Wenger may opt to sell rather than lose the 24 year old for nothing in 12 months time.
Cesc Fabregas has not joined Arsenal on their Asian tour due to injury and is again being strongly linked with a move to Barcelona. Nicklas Bendtner is also not part of the squad and is expected to leave the club with many Bundesliga sides said to be interested in the big Dane.