Emirates boss alerted by the dropping of top notch Eastlands keeper.
Joe Hart has been told he will start in goal for Manchester City today, throwing into doubt Shay Given’s future at Eastlands.
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Given, 34, admitted this week he would consider his future should City manager Roberto Mancini leave him on the bench for the Barclays Premier League opener at Tottenham this lunchtime.
A source close to Given said last night: ‘Shay respects the manager’s decision even if he thinks it’s wrong. He is very, very disappointed, particularly bearing in mind his performances for City since he joined. He’ll meet his advisers over the weekend and consider his options. Until now Shay has been really happy at City.’
Given’s demotion is sure to be welcomed by England manager Fabio Capello, who has decided 23-year-old Hart will be his first-choice goalkeeper for the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Hart made his first England start in Wednesday’s 2-1 triumph over Hungary and Capello will be at White Hart Lane to watch his No 1.
City remain confident they will be able to keep both goalkeepers satisfied and are determined to prevent Given leaving. The development will, however, alert Arsenal and Fulham. (Daily Mail)
Arsene Wenger is apparently very keen on the Irish international keeper and is ready to make an offer for the £8m rated goalie as he looks to bring in a steady pair of hands to the club. The Arsenal boss stated that he was happy with his two current first team custodians, Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski, but he would surely have been alerted by Roberto Mancini’s decision to use Joe Hart as his first choice keeper and this source above believes a move by the Emirates club could be on the cards.
The Eastlands boss may have to weigh up any offer from a club they could believe is a direct rival for a top four finish as well as potential fellow title challengers as well as not wanting to keep a player who will surely deem his demotion as a snub.
Ask any Gunners fan and they will tell you they are not at all confident in the abilities of either of their first choice keepers and would welcome a move to bring in a player as accomplished as Shay Given who many consider to be one of the best in Europe.
Mancini was in a no win situation as Joe Hart has arguably earned the right to get the starting eleven spot after his fine season on loan at Birmingham last term and his impressive pre-season form only served to confirm that.
Given has stated that if he was to be overlooked he would have to consider his options and a move away from the club may now be inevitable.
“Shay respects the manager’s decision even if he thinks it’s wrong. He is very, very disappointed, particularly bearing in mind his performances for City since he joined. He’ll meet his advisers over the weekend and consider his options. Until now Shay has been really happy at City.” a source close to Given told the Guardian.