Arsenal 'a January option' for Premier League star

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Arsenal are one of a number of clubs who are thought to have reportedly shown interest in a January move for Shay Given.

The Irish international stopper has been given the green light to leave Manchester City after Joe Hart took the No.1 jersey at Eastlands, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is in the race to land the highly-rated stopper.

Heavily linked with an Emirates move during the last transfer window, the Gunners missed out on a string of keeper targets aside from Given, including Mark Schwarzer, Gianluigi Buffon and Asmir Begovic.

The 34-year-old is being courted by a number of clubs publicly, with Celtic manager Neil Lennon the latest to state an interest in the player.

‘If he is called back by Newcastle there might not be a lot we can do about it and we might have to look elsewhere then,’ Lennon told SkySports.

"But we'll look at all that in January. You can ask me that in January."

Arsenal have been less vocal about their interest in the player, but their search for a new goalkeeper is one of the worst kept secrets in football and the Metro reports that they are one of the keeper's options for a January move.

Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski have both flattered to deceive in north London, and Wojciech Szczesny stated a desire to leave Arsenal as recently as yesterday.

With Wenger looking to compete for trophies on four separate fronts, the addition of a new keeper in January is seen by many as imperative to any trophy chances Arsenal may have.

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