Arsenal face United fight for Dutch international

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Arsenal face competition from Manchester United in the fight for Dutch international Maarten Stekelenburg.

The 27-year-old keeper rose to prominence whilst helping Holland to the World Cup final in South Africa this summer, and both Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson are keen on the player.

Ajax stopper Stekelenburg joined the club's famed academy in 1997, and made his debut as a teenager in 2001. He's since made over 200 appearances in all competitions for the Eredivisie side, becoming the regular No.1 at the Amsterdam Arena back in the 2005/06 season.

At international level, Stekelenburg made his debut in 2004, but has only recently become the regular between the sticks after the retirement of Edwin van der Sar.

The News of the World reports that Manchester United are keen on Stekelenburg too, with the player potentially replacing Van der Sar again, this time at club level as Ferguson looks to find a solid new goalkeeper at Old Trafford.

Arsenal have long been linked with the keeper, and were expected to make a move in the summer as Frenchman Wenger searched for Manuel Almunia and Luckaz Fabianski's replacement.

Fellow Dutch international Gregory van der Wiel was also linked with a move to the Emirates, but Arsenal again failed to lure the player to north London.

United have reportedly sent scouts to watch Stekelenburg, most recently in Holland's international clash against Finland. With both Premier League sides eager to add a new keeper, Arsenal may also intensify their interest as the pair head towards a transfer battle for the player.

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