Arsenal in capital battle for keeper target - reports

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Arsenal face competition from Spurs and QPR in the race to sign Manchester City stopper Shay Given, according to reports.

The Irish international has been linked with a move away from Eastlands after losing his place in the side to England international Joe Hart, and now a trio of Barclays Premier League sides are keen on making the addition this summer according to the Manchester Evening News.

Arsene Wenger has courted the player for some time, with a January loan move to the Emirates mooted as the Frenchman searched for a stopper.

Wojciech Szczesny currently holds the No.1 spot at Arsenal, although his manager is thought to be considering his options in the position after the Pole, Manuel Almunia and Łukasz Fabiański all failed to make the spot their own when the opportunities arose this season.

Jens Lehmann was also brought in by the Gunners on a short-term deal, and whilst the Arsenal veteran has claimed he could stay on in north London it's unlikely that the German will be challenging for a starting spot.

Given has again shot to the front of the Arsenal queue as potential targets, although Harry Redknapp is thought to be keen on finding competition from Heurelho Gomes and Neil Warnock is also looking to strengthen in the position ahead of the Hoops' return to the top flight next season.


Rated as one of the top stoppers in the division during his time at Newcastle, the 35-year-old has admitted that he's desperate for first team football as his career moves towards its end, and Arsenal might be able to offer Given his final opportunity.

"I'd like to be playing and I don't know what will happen in the summer," said Given.

"I know there are a lot worse clubs you could be at than Manchester City, but I don't feel match-sharp when I go to Ireland because I haven't played. It's frustrating, but the manager made his decision at the start of the season and that's his decision."

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