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Arsenal Suffer Set Back in Bid to Land New Keeper

by Bernard Thompson

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Tim Krul

Gunners may now have to look elsewhere for a replacement for their young Polish keeper. 

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Reported Arsenal target Tim Krul says that he is only concentrating on the new season with his current club Newcastle United, reports the Mail on Sunday.

The north London club have been closely monitoring the highly rated Netherlands international all summer long with a view to bringing the goalkeeper to the Emirates to replace current Gunners No 1 Wojciech Szczesny in goal in the capital next season.

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has reportedly finally run out of patience with his Poland international shot stopper, and intends bringing in a new and experienced keeper this summer in order to provide some much-needed competition for his young custodian.

And after missing out on first-choice target Julio Cesar after the Queens Park Rangers No 1 opted to join Napoli next season on loan, Wenger had been hoping to be able to lure the Dutchman to London this summer.

Krul, who has now successfully recovered from the dislocated shoulder that he suffered towards the back-end of the previous campaign following an operation to cure the problem this summer, has featured in 107 matches in all competitions for the north-east giants since making his debut for the Magpies in the 2006-07 campaign.

 However, the 25-year-old has confirmed that he will be fit to take his place in goal for the Magpies at the start of next season, saying: “I will be fit for the first game of the season.

“I’ll try to get a couple of friendly games to get myself fully up to speed – and I’m right on schedule.”


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