Emirates encouraged to approach either of Eastlands top notch keepers.
City boss Roberto Mancini has yet to reveal his No.1 ahead of their Premier League opener against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday, although England keeper Joe Hart is believed to be his favoured choice.
And should Hart, who impressed for Birmingham on loan last season, be given the nod, Given will consider his future at the club with Arsenal a possible destination.
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‘I think we are both at a stage where we need to be playing football,’ said Given, who signed for City from Newcastle in a £7million switch 18 months ago.
‘If I don’t start then I will sit down with the club next week and see where my future lies, and maybe it will be vice-versa with Joe.
‘I’m at a stage where I need to be playing. I’m 34 and I haven’t got millions of years left to play football.
‘Possibly, if I didn’t start, then there could be a loan and then I’d come back and see where that takes me.’ (Metro)
It does seem that neither Joe Hart or Shay Given will be happy to merely sit on the Eastlands bench and wait for the other to either get injured or experience a drop in form. Arsenal are known to be interested in bringing in another goalkeeping option and have been linked with a move for the international pair.
Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski do not appear to be players Wenger is willing to be stuck with as first choice and given their repeated bungling efforts of last season who can blame him.
A lot will depend on whether Roberto Mancini would want to loan either player to a team they consider rivals for a top four finish.