Arsenal Set Sights On January Move for Manchester City Keeper Shay Given

Emirates keeper wants Eastlands bench warmer.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is hoping to lure Manchester City keeper Shay Given to the Emirates with the promise of regular first team football but the Gunners manager knows that he will find it hard to persuade Roberto Mancini to sell to a rival club.

Wenger has been looking to bring in a new goalie after seeing both Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski fail to inspire confidence with some poor performances. The north London club had hoped to bring in Fulham veteran Mark Schwarzer in January but the Australian has signed a new contract to stay at Craven Cottage.

Given has not played a single minute of Premier League football after losing his first team spot to England international Joe Hart and the Irish international is keen to leave the club in the pursuit of first team football but a big stumbling block to moves away from Man City will come when Mancini will invariably block moves to any side he feels is a title competitor or a potential competitor for a top four spot.

The 34 year old former Newcastle United man has also been linked with moves to Celtic and Fulham and would surely jump at the chance of a move to Arsenal and Wenger is expected to make a move for the experienced keeper in January.

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