Saturday, August 14, 2010

Is Arsenal Tracking Shay Given?

Shay Given has finally lost the no. 1 place at Manchester City as Joe Hart started in goal in City’s Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. It was clear that City manager Mancini would have to make a tough call as both Given and Hart were fierce competitors for the starting role between the sticks.

While this should strengthen Hart’s position at the England national team, Ireland no. 1 Given is now expected to seriously consider his future. At 34, he does not have many years left in his career and being an understudy of Hart could jeopardize his place at Ireland national team.

Even earlier this week, Shay Given indicated that he could leave Eastlands, if he found himself on the bench. Now, there is a possibility Arsenal could consider a move for the Ireland international.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been in search of a new goalkeeper and has already had a £2 million bid rejected by Fulham for the Australian keeper Mark Schwarzer. With Fulham showing no sign of interest in letting Schwarzer move, Wenger is expected to be considering other options and there are all the possibilities he could turn his attention to Given.

It seems that Shay Given would talk to the City officials very soon to know if he is in Mancini’s plan this season. As of now, a move to Arsenal seems less likely for the Irish, but anything could happen as there are 2 weeks left in the summer transfer window.

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