Arsenal plot first January move for Bundesliga star

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Arsenal are being linked with a January move for keeper Mauel Neuer.

The 24-year-old German international rose to prominence with a string of impressive performances at the World Cup, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reportedly impressed by the stopper's consistency.

Linked with a string of Keepers during the summer transfer window, including Gianluigi Buffon, Mark Schwarzer and Hugo Lloris, the Gunners have started the season with Manuel Almunia in goal after failing to secure the signing of a new No.1.

Neuer, who joined Schalke as a junior and worked his way through their ranks to make a debut as a teenager in 2005, has become one of the most highly-rated keepers in Europe.

Manchester United and Arsenal were linked with a move for the player in the last January transfer window, with the Bundesliga side's manager launching a hands-off warning to Premier League suitors.

One year on, and the Gunners are still searching for a new goalkeeper at the Emirates. Neuer has emerged as their number one target, according to several media sources, with Wenger preparing a move for the player when the transfer window re-opens.

The Frenchman has pledged his allegiance to Almunia after the keeper made a solid start to the season, but it's common knowledge that Arsenal are still looking for a new stopper. N

euer would fit the bill with a big future ahead of him, and could be the missing piece in the puzzle during a Premier League and Champions League challenge.

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