Arsenal have reportedly made contact with Manchester City in an effort to bring Shay Given to the club on loan.

The Republic of Ireland international is keen to play first team football this year after finding himself on the bench at Eastlands for the start of this season, and Arsenal could provide the player with an opportunity to play.

An injury crisis in the position at the Emirates has left Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looking to bring in another player on deadline day, and Given has emerged once again as the top target for Arsenal.

Footylatest reports that Arsenal have approached City with regards to the keepers availability, although Roberto Mancini is keen to keep hold of the player in-case of injury to first choice Joe Hart.

The website goes on to claim that Given is willing to insert an immediate return clause should he move on a short-term deal, although it's unknown if Arsenal would be interested if such a clause was added to the loan.

Lukasz Fabianski suffered a serious shoulder injury, ironically against City, a few weeks ago and with the jury still out on Manuel Almunia it appears Wenger has admitted he needs to strengthen in the position.


 

“I just want to play football,” the Arsenal target is quoted as saying in the Irish Times.

“I do not want to go for an entire season without playing, which is how it’s looking if I don’t get games.”

Arsenal would appear to be the best option for all parties, and the 34-year-old would instantly challenge Wojciech Szcsesny for the starting spot at the Emirates.

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