Arsenal news – Gunners want Ukrainian ‘keeper, Wickham links increase, Bendtner in shape

Gunners want Ukrainian ‘keeper.

The latest goalkeeper to catch Arsene Wenger’s eye is thought to be Dynamo Kiev gloveman Maksym Koval. Sources in Russia however claim that the 17-year-old is not likely to come cheap after impressing both the Gunners and Spurs with his performances in the Champions League. The Daily Mirror and the First Post are both carrying the story.

Koval first appeared in professional football two years ago with Metalurh Zaporizhya, before earning a move to Dynamo last season. The news appears in the wake of fellow target Anders Lindegaard revealing he would rather move to Old Trafford than the Emirates.

Wickham links increase.

The rumours of highly rated Ipswich youngster Connor Wickham being courted by several top clubs just won’t go away, as Goal.com is this morning carrying fresh reports that Arsenal have jumped ahead of north London rivals Spurs in the chase to capture the coveted youngster’s signature.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has been put off by Ipswich’s £10m valuation, but Arsenal must still compete with Man United and Liverpool, who are both thought to be monitoring the striker. Goal.com reports that privately the Tractor Boys are aware a transfer is inevitable, but hope to retain the player’s services until at least next summer.

Bendtner in shape.

Nicklas Bendtner has told the Daily Mirror that he is in the “best physical shape ever” after returning to fitness. The Danish striker suffered a groin injury while playing in the World Cup this summer, and had initially targeted next week’s Champions League tie with Shakhtar Donetsk to return to first team action, but now hopes to feature in Saturday’s encounter with Birmingham.

Bendtner, who once spent a spell on loan with Birmingham in 2006, said: “It feels absolutely fantastic. I am sure that I will be involved in the Arsenal game on Saturday, which I am looking so much forward to after my long injury break.”

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