Arsenal shock link to Bosnian international

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Arsenal are reportedly keen on bringing keeper Asmir Begovic to the Emirates.

The unsettled stopper has played for seven clubs in his five-year career, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is being linked with a move for the 23-year-old after a controversial evening.

Begovic is thought to have not trained with his Stoke City team-mates yesterday, leaving Tony Pulis with few options but to drop the keeper ahead of their Carling Cup second round clash against Shrewsbury Town.

"He said [on Tuesday] he did not want to play, and I find that very disappointing. We pay his wages and he has a responsibility to the club," said Pulis after last night's victory.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for the former Portsmouth keeper, a link that is thought to have played some part in Begovic failing to play for the Potters last night.

However, the Metro reports that Arsenal have joined the race for Begovic as their search for a new keeper continues. The paper also suggests that the Gunners will look to secure the signing of Mark Schwarzer, and then share playing time between the two stoppers.

The Blues are thought to see Begovic as a solid No.2 behind first-choice stopper Petr Cech, with manager Carlo Ancelotti keen to add depth between the sticks. Pulis has no desire to sell his keeper, and despite the player being 'on strike' he's unlikely to be allowed to leave the club on the cheap.

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