Arsenal in Serie 'A' scrap for World Cup winner

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Arsenal and Roma are battling for the signature of Gianluigi Buffon, according to reports in Italy.

The Italian international stopper was linked with a Barclays Premier League move back in the summer, with both Arsenal and Manchester United thought to be considering a move for the player.

With over 100 caps for Italy and a decade of experience with the bianconeri, Buffon remains one of the top rated stopper in European football despite the 33-year-old's advancing years.

The player spoke of a potential desire to leave several months ago, but recently insisted he is willing to stay at the Stadio Olimpico as the club battle for third spot in Serie 'A'.


Arsene Wenger is known to be in the market for a goalkeeper, with club legend Bob Wilson confirming Arsenal made a 'big bid' for Pepe Reina only last summer.

Manuel Almunia, Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski have all struggled to hold down the first team position at the Emirates, and with injuries rife at the No.1 spot Wenger has been forced into signing former Arsenal stopper Jens Lehman on a short-term deal.

A permanent addition is thought to be the priority though, and Buffon is the latest name to add to the growing list of candidates on the shortlist. Sky Sport Italia claim the Gunners are preparing to swoop for the player in the summer.

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