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Wenger wants Given.
Arsene Wenger could try to tempt a top rival goalkeeper to the Emirates, according to The Guardian. Two potential targets have been identified as none other than Manchester City custodian Shay Given on loan, and Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina – who could cost the club up to £23m if a permanent deal could be reached. The Given transfer appears the more likely of the two at this stage, with the 34-year-old Republic of Ireland international admitting that he will be considering his future at Eastlands if Joe Hart is named as City’s number 1 against Tottenham in the season’s curtain raiser this weekend.
Sakho Gunners link.
Another name being linked with a move to North London is 20-year-old Paris St Germain centre back Mamadou Sakho, according to Caughtoffside.com. Sakho’s stock has risen this week due to his first senior international call-up, but Gunners boss Wenger has reportedly been monitoring the status of his fellow Frenchman for some time and a bid of £12m could be enough to tempt PSG to part with the defender. Sakho has been capped 16 times for the French U21 side, and has been named in the senior squad for France’s friendly with Norway tomorrow.
Koscielny chooses France ahead of Poland.
New Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has disappointed many Polish fans by declaring himself available for selection for France. The 24-year-old, who joined the Gunners from French outfit L’orient for around £9.7m this summer, was eligible to play for Poland as he has a Polish grandfather. He is believed to have been scheduled to meet with Poland coach Franciszek Smuda in Warsaw on Saturday, but did not attend. He pledged his allegiance to France this morning, stating that he “did not want to lose the chance to play for France,” according to Imscouting.com.