Arsenal to Turn to £10m Rated Russian to Resolve Problem Area

Wenger hopes to bring CSKA Moscow keeper to the Emirates this summer.

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Arsene Wenger will this summer attempt to lure CSKA Moscow keeper Igor Akinfeev to the Emirates as the Arsenal boss looks to find an reliable first choice custodian.

Last summer Wenger failed to land Fulham veteran Mark Schwarzer and then saw his original first choice keeper Manuel Almunia make a series of errors that ultimately cost him the starting spot which was then handed to Lukasz Fabianski who showed a marked improvement on his displays of last term. However the Polish international then suffered a shoulder injury that will keep him out for a long period of time.

With Vito Mannone reportedly set to leave the club due to a lack of first team opportunities the Gunners turned to youngster Wojciech Szcz?sny who up until yesterday’s Carling Cup blunder had looked very stable. Wenger will now push to bring in an experienced established keeper to put behind his back-line and this search has led to Russian international Akinfeev.

The 24 year old CSKA Moscow man has a great deal of experience for a player of his age and has just completed his eighth season in the first team at the Luzhniki Stadium and is reportedly ready to make the move away from Russia.

Manchester United are also said to be interested in bringing in Akinfeev as a long term replacement for Edwin van der Sar but Wenger will hope to land the £10m rated goalie who has a great deal of top level European experience to go with his years of service in the Russian Premier League.

The Arsenal manager has also been strongly linked with a move for Liverpool’s Spanish international Pepe Reina as well as Schalke’s Manuel Neuer.

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