Arsenal On the Verge of Huge £11m Signing That Could Boost Title Chase

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Reports this afternoon suggest Arsenal and Manchester City are in talks over the sale of Eastlands keeper Shay Given with the stopper’s former Newcastle United teammate Warren Barton reportedly revealing on American television that the transfer could go through any day now.

Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given revealed over the weekend that he will seek the exit door at the Eastland’s stadium if Joe Hart is made the number 1 with a number of Premier League clubs notably Arsenal and Fulham alerted to his availability.

The 34-year-old Republic of Ireland international has revealed he does not want to sit on the bench at this stage in his career and will look to leave the City of Manchester with England hopeful Joe Hart having been picked ahead of him by manager Roberto Mancini as City’s Number 1.

Given’s former teammate Warren Barton told Fox Soccer in the USA when asked if Shay Given will leave the club:

“I do believe so. I spoke to him and I wished him well. He is one of my old colleagues and he wasn’t sure he was going to start. He is 34 years of age and an excellent professional, and an excellent goalkeeper as well.” He continued.

“For me there is no doubt he could be at Arsenal football club.” (

News of the potential capture of Shay Given will be greeted with glee by Arsenal fans who have just about run out of patience with keepers Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski. The signing of a solid custodian really would help Arsene Wenger’s hopes of ending their silverware drought a massive boost.

The Manchester City man has more or less admitted he will have to find a new club after seeing Joe Hart take his first team spot and then put in a man of the match display at White Hart Lane.

Roberto Mancini will not sell the Irish international on the cheap and some rate him as being worth around £11m which some may feel is a bit steep but considering Given is 34, therefore still has many years ahead of him and the fact we are talking about a player who is arguably one of the best in the Premier League, means such a fee is justified.

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