Arsenal target shock move for Ukranian international

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Arsenal are reportedly contemplating a summer move for Ukranian star Andriy Pyatov.

The Shakhtar Donetsk stopper cemented his place as the number one at the Donbass Arena with a string of fine performances in the victorious 2008-09 UEFA Cup run, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is being linked with a transfer swoop for the international.

Pyatov started his senior career at Vorskla Poltava, spending five years at his first club before moving to Donetsk in 2007 for £640,000.

After a first season on the fringes, Pyatov came to the fore for the Hirnyky in the aforementioned UEFA Cup campaign. He secured his starting role for the current season on the back of those performances.

On the international stage, Pyatov has a fine record for the Ukraine when given the opportunity. Veteran Oleksandr Shovkovskiy has been first choice for the national side for well over a decade, but Pyatov has earned 17 caps since making his debut in 2007.

The Gunners have been linked with a string of keepers in previous months, with Sebastien Frey and Gianluigi Buffon just two names mentioned as possible targets.

However, the Daily Express reports that Wenger has turned his attentions to Pyatov, and could make a move when the transfer window opens in June.

The Frenchman has made no promises to his current crop of goalkeepers, and will almost certainly make an addition between the sticks this summer.

Pyatov would appear to be the bargain buy of all those linked with a move to north London, with a fee in the region of £2.5 million needed to take the stopper from his homeland.

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