Arsenal have reportedly failed in an attempt to sign Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

According to talkSPORT, the north London club made a move on Monday for the 28-year-old, only to be rebuffed in their advances.

Arsenal had allegedly identified Stekelenburg as a player with the potential to rival current Gunners shot-stoppers Wojciech Szczęsny and Łukasz Fabiański - neither of whom is guaranteed a starting berth by Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal representatives had made contact with Stekelenburg in the hope of persuading him not to join Roma, it has been claimed, but the Holland No.1 opted to honour his verbal agreement with the Italian side.


The 28-year-old is now seemingly set to seal a £7 million move to the Stadio Olimpico, delivering another blow to Arsenal in what has been a frustrating summer thus far.

However, things could get far worse for Arsenal in the coming days, with Cesc Fabregas seemingly set to reiterate his desire to leave the club on Tuesday.

The Arsenal skipper is desperate to finally seal a return to Barcelona, with the Catalain giants confident they will get their man in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, reports suggest Samir Nasri will follow his skipper's lead by informing Arsenal he also wants to quit the Emirates Stadium - with Manchester United said to be his favoured destination.

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