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Arsenal line up move for Hugo Lloris

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Arsenal are reportedly considering a shock move to sign Tottenham’s first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

This is according to the Metro, who cite respected French publication L’Equipe as claiming that Arsenal are keen to sign the France international.

The report adds that the Gunners are currently weighing up their goalkeeper options following Wojciech Szczesny’s dip in form and the fact summer signing David Ospina is yet to fully prove himself.

Lloris: Better than Szczesny and Ospina

Ospina, however, has impressed in recent weeks. The Colombia international played in the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Stoke City earlier this month, and was selected for the Manchester City clash seven days later, which Arsenal surprisingly secured all three points from.

But despite the 26-year-old’s qualities, Lloris would undoubtedly be a significant upgrade on both Arsenal goalkeepers. This is a player widely regarded as one of the best in the world in his respective position.

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Key player for Tottenham

The 28-year-old has established his status as one of the Premier League’s standout goalkeepers since joining Spurs from Lyon in August 2012 and is arguably in the best form of his career at present.

That top clubs might be keen to sign Lloris will come as no surprise to Tottenham, but news that fierce rivals Arsenal are lining up a bid will shock the north London outfit and its supporters.

Previously linked

Incidentally, this is not the first time Lloris has been linked with a move to the Gunners since arriving in the Premier League two-and-a-half years ago.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was quoted as saying that his France international teammate would be keen to cross the north-London divide - but these rumours were categorically dismissed by the Spurs hero.

"I think maybe some words were twisted, but it is embarrassing," Lloris told Tottenham's official website at the time. "I don't think that, I'm very focused on Spurs' ambition and I am very pleased for Spurs.

"I have too much respect for the club and the Spurs fans to think that kind of thing.”

Will Lloris cross the north-London divide?

It’s clear Arsenal would have their work cut out convincing Lloris to cross the bitter north-London divide.

The Frenchman will be acutely aware that leaving Tottenham for Arsenal - and vice-versa - is a move few players have been bold enough to make over recent years.

One of the most iconic examples involved Sol Campbell, a hero at White Hart Lane before joining the Gunners on a free transfer in 2001.

Would Lloris be the next Tottenham star to join Campbell on that infamous list?

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