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Arsenal closing in on deal to sign experienced AC Milan star

Gunners could be close to second signing of the summer.

Arsenal may be closing in on the signing of AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia to replace the departing Wojciech Szczesny, according to the Metro.

It seems unclear how concrete the Gunners’ interest is, but respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio ran the story on his official website, with Amelia quoted as saying he has signed a confidentiality agreement and cannot comment on the rumours at the moment.

“Arsenal? I signed a confidentiality agreement, so I cannot say anything,” he said.

“I’m still young for a goalie, I’m 33 years old and who knows in the future.”

According to the Guardian, Arsene Wenger has more or less confirmed that Polish shot-stopper Szczesny will be joining AS Roma on loan this season, meaning Amelia could be brought in as a replacement third-choice ‘keeper.

The Daily Mirror adds that David Ospina looks set to stay at the Emirates Stadium after holding talks with Wenger, and the Colombian international will surely be second choice behind new signing Petr Cech, who made the move to north London from rivals Chelsea after losing his place to Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.

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Some will question the wisdom of signing a 33-year-old who has not been a first-team regular in recent times, but the Italian veteran has had a decent career in Serie A and could be a quality emergency option if needed, though Cech and Ospina should ensure he doesn’t end up playing too often.

Arsenal have often been plagued by injury problems in recent years, however, and recognising the need for backup looks a good move by Wenger if this move does happen.

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