Emirates boss plans move to solidify defence.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is hoping to secure two Premier League signings to help beef up his defence as the Gunners manager looks to make successful moves for Man City keeper Shay Given and Bolton centre back Gary Cahill.
The North London club are reportedly in search of a reliable goalkeeper having seen Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianksi and youngster Wojciech Szczesny all make elementary mistakes this season. Arsene Wenger had attempted to sign Fulham veteran Mark Schwarzer last summer and has been linked with moves to capture Liverpool custodian Pepe Reina.
Having made enquiries in the past Wenger is now hoping to persuade Man City to sell Irish international Shay Given this summer. The former Newcastle United man has found himself frozen out at Eastlands and has not played a single minute of Premier League action this season but there are doubts that Roberto Mancini may not be willing to sell to a rival club.
Wenger also hopes to haggle with Bolton over their somewhat inflated £25m valuation of centre back Gary Cahill. The consistent defender is now a firm part of Fabio Capello’s England set-up but the Arsenal manager is not known for spending such high fees and will look to secure the 25 year old for around £15m.
Arsenal’s defence has been uncharacteristically wobbly this season with new signings Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci both failing to inspire confidence and with Thomas Vermaelen still out with a long term injury the need for defensive reinforcements are as pressing as they were last summer when Wenger tried and failed to sign Everton’s Phil Jagielka.