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Arsenal will turn sights to experienced keeper after losing out on Stekelenburg



Arsenal are to re-open interest in Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given after it emerged Roma were close to tying up a deal for Ajax number one Maarten Stekelenburg.

Whilst it will be a blow to Wenger on losing out on the Holland international, the side still believe they need experience between the goal posts and with Given definitely available this summer, it would seem and obvious choice. The age of goalkeepers these days is not considered old unless they are in their forties and with Given only just having turned 35, it would appear he still has some very good years ahead of him.

The former Newcastle United stopper spent most of last season on the bench but he will want to feature as a first team choice for the next campaign regardless of which he team he chooses. Arsenal will have a battle on his hands though, with Aston Villa’s Alex McLeish very keen on the Irishman after after having sold Brad Friedel to Tottenham.



  1. Vouch

    July 3, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    I think Arsenal should sign this guy. I like him and I have been following him. Though he is short but he is a good keeper…

  2. mustafa

    July 3, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    no not shay given,he can`t even get in citeh team.

  3. Prince kay

    July 3, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    I tink arsenal shld sign him bcos he is gud n knws more abt d premiership. We need a gud keeper we can trust @ d post.

  4. yes

    July 4, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    why lie?

  5. baguma january

    July 4, 2011 at 3:41 AM

    to me i believe arsenal has enough goal keepers the likes of fabiansiki it should however impack on defenders and strikers and replace the cantract rebel samri nasri and captain inseady of buying players that would not bring in silverwares.

  6. Mow

    July 4, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    I think they need Arsanal good gool keeper like Shay Given is good for Arsenal if tey get next season gool keepar like Given

  7. ummid

    July 4, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    He is one of the best keepers of the world……have always been a fan of his

  8. Kay lexy

    July 4, 2011 at 6:45 AM

    Am not an arsenal fans bt i wish wenger 2 sign him 2b d 2nd stoper 4d guners.

  9. sunday david

    July 4, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    wenger should go and sign schweinstiger,samba and cahill.he should sell djourou,squillaci and koncienly they do not worth playing for arsenal.

  10. 333

    July 4, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    Finally, Arsene. After 2 years… I still don’t know what is going on in there.

  11. Kodoni

    July 4, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    He is an experience keeper, & can step in well in arsenal

  12. Manuel

    July 4, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    Wenger if U want 2 gt Given involve him in Clichy swap deal n Man city will accept bt straight cash I dont think they will sell to Arsenal.

  13. GeriGoon

    July 4, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    A good keeper but although he may only be 35 now, by the time Arsene gets around to signing him he will probably be over 40.

  14. Muyiwa, Nigeria

    July 4, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Arsene Wenger has been too sluggish in the transfer market since it opened. A lot of players have been linked to the Emirates, but none signed yet apart from Jacobson. Given is a good keeper and can fit well into our team. He should sign now instead of being another link to Arsenal that may never materialise.

  15. deathcase

    July 4, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    as much as we would like arsene to sign him, deep down in our hearts, we are all resigned to the fact that wenger wont sign him..

  16. Lobos

    July 4, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    As a lifelong Arsenal supporter I cannot understand Wengers logic??.Shay Given should have been signed long before City bought him .Consider all the points lost by awful blunders made by the likes of Almunia / Lehman /Fabianski /Mannone /and Woj?
    even though he is still an apprentice and may well get better.
    Would George Graham have been allowed to go 6 years without a trophy ????? “No chance” I was at St James park when we gave away a 4 goal lead .Sorry Arsene your time is up ,we need to build from defence out .Sad to see that the English language is almost extinct on here.

  17. excel bobby

    July 4, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    my self and my family we are so tired about wenger sluggish in the transfer market mr. wenger why are you doing this to arsenal fans does it mean you don have any feeling about arsenal fans? the league is about to start we need new players mr. wenger stop deceiving arsenal fans with rumors get given, cahil, samba and streaker for us we are tired of waiting.

  18. amihere

    July 4, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    i think we should still try that small boy and get good defenders and strikers so that we can move ahead

  19. marius

    July 4, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    wenger is time for you too go. we pay money too watch this team we were suppose to sign already two diffenders and a striker and sell: all our goolkeepers expt woj,bentner, rosicky, denilson, diaby, squillani and instead you go sign a 19year old defender, you are mad.we are waiting for new signings and nothing yet.Does arsenal have money or not we are getting irritated now with speculations, we really need wenger to go.
    jesus take out the dam money and buy an experience goolkeeper, two defenders, move vermeulen to left back like he was playing at ajax, by a left footed winger, sell cecs and let nasri and wilshere fight for the atacking mdfield role, move v.persie just behind and main striker and place walcot there. but gervihno and let him play on the right wing, you stupid

  20. Bryan Mogaru

    July 4, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    am a die arsenal fan fro USA.Lemmi tell u wenger, we are tired of your silly games, you are playing with the fans mind.arsenal is going for preseason tour with no signings at all!!! look Man U, they hv already bought 3 proven players, what hv u done?…sign a 19yr boy?…..a re you out of ua minds?…the only thing you telling us is that you will get busy at the end of july….thats stupid, thats a joke,…wenger you are not worthy to be an arsenal coach, you need to go……arsenal must buy, 2 defenders(cahill and samba), striker(Gervinho) Goalkeeper(Given) and a midfielder(Alvarez), sell Fabregas and retain Nasri in Fab’s midfield position(the one he likes most)……wenger, you must wake up and sign players or pack your staff and go.

  21. raphael

    July 4, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Professor Wenger, if your song is not melodious, for God sake, can’t you hear it yourself? I wouldn’t blame all these established stars trooping out of Emirates, because nobody wants to be part of a ship racing toward destruction. Over years now Ansene, you like building a very enviable mansion and yet went ahead to demolish it yourself. You need to heed the voices of wisdom because nobody has monopoly of wisdom. The money is there to acquire needed players to return ARSENAL to its enviable position in the soccer world yet you are just being unnecessarily heady and clumsy. WHY?
    All your promised Gevinho, Carhill, Samba and Alvares of this world, where are they? Please, give us a break and stop breaking people’s hearts

  22. isah

    July 4, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    why cant my arsenal spend money for once like other clubs.
    this is how thi couch will wait ontill the good guys are taking awy,like (Cahil)

  23. isah

    July 4, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    please spend 100million dollers this season and not spend anything moredthern 10 million in a season for the next 5years please please i beg you in the name of god,you are killing our feeling for arsenal.let us stop this in this season.

  24. bakrima

    July 4, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    I am wondering if wenger will ever learn how to deal with the transfer Market. every year he waits till the end of the transfer window to sign the remains and the scrap> Does he expect the target players wait for hi dragging his feet . Wenger should leave arsenal to a more credible Manager . a man with vision and courage> Wenger did his best to keep his job all this time by pleasing the greedy members of the board but now the Arsenal fans have woken up .

  25. Glasgow_Gooner

    July 5, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    A new goalkeeper is not a bad idea. I would prefer to see some attacking midfielders though Don’t leave it until the last minute for god’s sake.

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