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.

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