Arsenal eye £8m France star as Szczesny replacement

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Arsenal are eyeing Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda as a possible replacement for Wojciech Szczesny, according to French sources cited by talkSPORT. 

The aforementioned report suggests that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is searching for a more experienced 'stopper, with doubts supposedly persisting over the maturity of Szczesny - with Mandanda featuring on such a list.

23-year-old Szczesny has been at Arsenal since 2006 but only established himself as first-choice in 2011. Despite holding down a consistent starting berth in Wenger's XI, Szczesny always appears to have divided opinion at the Emirates Stadium.

While he is unquestionably a talented 'keeper, the Pole's character was called into question after he was sent off during the first leg of Arsenal's Champions League last 16 tie against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in February - after which he appeared to make a crude and obscene gesture during his walk off the pitch.

If Wenger is indeed looking for experienced competition for Szczesny, then Mandanda - rated at £8.2 million -  could well be a very good choice.

At 28, the former Le Havre man is the veteran of over 200 club appearance for Marseille and 16 caps for the French national team.

Mandanda has made 27 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit this season, with Jose Anigo's side sitting fifth in the table, 21 points adrift of leaders and reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain.

If Arsenal are indeed plotting any sort of transfer for Mandanda then they could face stiff competition, with reports suggesting that Roma, Monaco and La Liga title chasers Atletico Madrid are all keen on his signature.

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