Arsenal Turn Their Attention To Another Manchester City Star

Arsenal will turn to Shay Given in order to solve their goalkeeping crisis, after being less than encouraged to bid for his Manchester City team-mate Joe Hart.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will ask Manchester City to give him keeper Shay Given – after being warned off his team-mate Joe Hart.

Wenger is desperate for a new number one and his sights are now on City where Republic of Ireland ace Given is facing life on the bench.

Given would leap at the chance of joining the Gunners, probably on loan, if Wenger gets the nod from ambitious City.

Wenger has cooled on his pursuit of Fulham veteran Mark Schwarzer because he would have to pay a fee for him and give him a lucrative two-year contract to move across London.

The Arsenal chief has quietly looked into his chances of landing highly-rated Hart but City see him as their long-term number one and Mancini is expected to make that official next weekend. (Mirror Football)

Arsenal look to have turned their attention to yet another goalkeeper after being knocked back in their pursuit of both Joe Hart and Mark Schwarzer. Wenger is keen to add a new number one to his squad before the start of the new season, as he looks to replace the less than convincing Manuel Almunia.

Given would represent a good piece of business, as he would qualify as a home-grown player in the new Premier League rulings, as well as being one of the best goalkeepers in the league.The Republic Of Ireland is now 34 years old and would offer a young Arsenal side some much needed experience if they are to push for the title.

If Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is ready to give Joe Hart the chance he deserves, Given will not see himself as a bench-warmer and will be eager to push through a move to Arsenal.

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