Emirates Stadium side look to bring in reinforcements to improve problem area.
Arsenal are said to be weighing up a January move for Sunderland star Simon Mignolet as manager Arsene Wenger mulls over his goalkeeping options.
Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina is the preferred choice, but is likely to prove too expensive, while chief scout Steve Rowley has warned against bids for the inconsistent Ali Al-Habsi of Wigan, and Stoke’s Asmir Begovic.
Instead, Sunderland’s Belgian international Mignolet is an increasingly attractive option, and Arsenal are ready to keep close tabs on his progress over the busy Christmas schedule.
Mignolet has impressed for Sunderland following his switch from Sint-Truiden in 2010, and Wenger believed to be willing to commit £5million to do business.
Though reportedly Arsenal Wenger retains the belief that Wojciech Szczesny is very much able to fill the Gunners first-choice keeper spot, he has apparently has lost confidence in deputies Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone.
Simon Mignolet may well be the right man for the job, both in terms of ability and price. If Arsenal could nab the 24 year old for just £5m then that would be a very good bit of business indeed.
Mignolet’s performances saw off the challenge of Scot Craig Gordon, who was released on completion of his Black Cats contract, and is now Martin O’Neill’s undisputed number one custodian. The former St. Truiden keeper is an ever present in Premier League action this term and despite Sunderland’s 15th placed position the Belgian has collected six clean sheets this season and managed 12 in Premier League action alone during the last campaign.
It would appear that a move for Mignolet would be more likely to succeed than any continued pursuit of Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina and being six years the Spaniard’s junior would clearly better suit Arsene Wenger’s squad building ethos.
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