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Ex-Arsenal keeper set for Premier League return

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Manninger left Juventus in the summer (©GettyImages)
Manninger left Juventus in the summer (©GettyImages).

Former-Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger could be set for a return to the Premier League with Everton.

The Austria international is currently a free agent after he was released by Serie 'A' champions Juventus, and reports in Italy on calciomercato.com suggest a return to England is on the cards.

The 35-year-old spent five successful years at Arsenal, winning one Premier League and an FA Cup. Manninger left the Gunners in 2002 for Espanyol, and after less than 12 months in Spain, joined Serie 'A' side Torino.

Apart from two brief spells back in Austria with Red Bull Salzburg, Manninger has spent his post-Arsenal career in Italy, joining Juventus in 2008, where he stayed for four years.

But, after his contract was not renewed, the Austrian goalkeeper could now decide to have another tilt at the Premier League.

David Moyes is reportedly on the lookout for a back-up goalkeeper to challenge Tim Howard, and the 35-year-old Manninger possesses the experience and quality to test Howard, and step in if injury or suspension strikes.

Arsenal's current goalkeeper Vito Mannone is a transfer target for a number of Serie 'A' clubs, including Inter Milan and Napoli, after it emerged the Italian is yet to enter contract talks with the Emirates Stadium club. But, after a string of impressive displays for Arsenal, the Gunners keeper could yet sign a new deal in north London.

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Arsenal
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Tim Howard
Premier League
Everton
Vito Mannone
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