Gunners boosted in French keeper chase

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Arsenal have received a boost in the chase for Sebastien Frey with news that Artur Boruc is on the verge of signing for Fiorentina.

The former Celtic stopper is unlikely to settle for a place on the bench at the Stadio Artemio Franchi once his move is confirmed, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could take advantage by taking Frey away from the Italian side.

A 30-year-old veteran with bags of experience, Frey made his debut for Cannes before moving to Inter Milan in 1998. Limited appearances coupled with a successful loan spell at Verona securded a move to Parma in 2001, and Frey would spend four years at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.

A 2005 loan to Fiorentina was proceeded by a permanent switch the following summer, and Frey has made over 150 appearances in all competitions for the Florence-based Serie 'A' club.

Frey would make only two appearances for Les Bleus at international level before retiring from international football in 2008. Despite constant calls from the media for a crack at the France No.1 spot, Raymond Domenech gave the stopper limited opportunities.

The keeper's ability has never been called into question at domestic level though, with Frey regarded as one of the best in the business in Europe. However, the decision to sign Boruc opens up the debate over Frey's position with the Viola, leaving the door a-jar for potential suitors.

Arsenal are one of those, with Wenger keen to bring in a new keeper for the start of the Premier League campaign as the north London club look to make another tilt at the title.

Recognised as a problem position by the Frenchman, Wenger has been linked with Frey, Mark Schwarzer, Hugo Lloris and a string of other goalkeepers already in the transfer window.

Fiorintina boss Sinisa Mihajlovic will have a decision to make over the stopper's future, and Arsenal could make it a tough one were they to step-up their pursuit of the veteran.

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