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Arsenal To Open Talks With Stoke Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic

Gunners to add more experience between the sticks.

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Arsenal are said to be preparing to open talks with Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic over a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer, according to the Metro.

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The Gunners are in desperate need of another glovesman for next season, with Lukasz Fabianski and loanee Emiliano Viviano both set to leave, meaning Wojciech Szczesny would be the club’s only senior stopper.

Manager Arsene Wenger entrusted his faith into Szczesny this season, and though the Pole’s form showed a great improvement, it is believed that he has targeted the Stoke stopper to provide some much needed competition in between the sticks.

Gunners officials are said to be in talks with Stoke with the view to making an offer for the player in the coming days, and an £8m fee has been mooted.

The Potters are in no rush to sell, though, but if they choose to allow Begovic to move on they have the benefit of calling upon long-term replacement Jack Butland to step up in his place.

Begovic has long been recognised as one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League, having impressed since his switch from Portsmouth.

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