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Arsenal ‘Given’ hope as Shay suggests either he or Hart will leave City

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Written by Fab4.

Arsenal have been boosted in their search for a new No.1 as Manchester City’s Shay Given has revealed he will look for a move elsewhere if he doesn’t start against Tottenham this weekend, and the same goes for Joe Hart.

City are in the privileged position of having two outstanding goalkeepers to choose from, something Arsenal can only dream about, and both Given and Hart have been linked with a move to the Gunners in recent weeks as Arsene Wenger looks for a new goalkeeper.

Given was first choice at Eastlands last season but now faces stiff competition from Joe Hart who excelled while on loan at Birmingham last term. But 34-year-old Given has stated he wouldn’t be content with settling for a place on the subs bench, should Roberto Mancini opt for Hart on Saturday.

“Yeah, we’re both at a stage when we need to be playing football. If i don’t start then I’ll sit down with the club next week and see where my future is and maybe vice versa with Joe as we both feel we should be playing.

I’m 34 and I’m at a stage where i need to be playing, I’ll hopefully play on Saturday but whatever decision the manager makes I’ll respect that and maybe sit down with the club next week.

I hope it’s going to be me, but if it’s not we’ll see what happens.

A loan move could be an option for Given, should he lose his place to Hart this weekend:

He added: “Ideally I would like to stay at the club because it’s a big club and an ambitious club, with fantastic owners and I want to be part of that, that’s why I joined in the first place.

“Possibly, if I didn’t start, then there could be a loan and then I’d come back and see where that takes me.”

It’s interesting that Shay suggests he and Joe have talked about the situation and that whichever one is on the bench on Saturday will look for talks with the manager about their future. So it could be that either Hart or Given are available for transfer (or loan) this time next week. To be honest, i would take either Hart or Given so i don’t care too much who starts, but if one of them is available then Arsene should jump at the chance with both hands!

It’s about time Arsenal stopped having to worry about the troublesome goalkeeping position, which seems to have been a talking point for years now, and gets a reliable No.1 between the sticks.



  1. Liam

    August 9, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I’ll flippin go in goal if arsene dont sign anyone.. nervous almunia or flapianski.. how much worse will it get!! 🙁

  2. It's Grim Oop North

    August 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    As a City fan, I would love Shay to go to the Arse, purely to see him ruin Wenger’s beautiful passing game with his insistence on punting the football as hard as he can as far as he can up the pitch at every opportunity.
    If Wenger can get him to stop doing it, then he is indeed the genius coach we all suspect he is, and deserves the accolade of greatest manager of all time.
    This is by way of a heads-up, the same as you Gooners tried to warn us of Adebayor’s crazy attitude. Mind you, we’d signed him first before you did warn us so thanks for nothing!

  3. It's Grim Oop North

    August 9, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I’m sure you’ll do a better job than Given, who doesn’t seem to care that every time he boots the ball up the pitch he loses possession for his side, you want to hope he goes nowhere near your club.

  4. USA-Gunner

    August 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Arsenal need the luck of the Irish….sign Given and Robbie Keane

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  6. lui

    August 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    i don’t believe that will happend because when wenger was asked last year about making a bit for bellamy he said we don’t buy players from manchester city.

  7. It's Grim Oop North

    August 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    For fuck’s sake,
    how much clearer can I make it?
    Given is a bad goalkeeper unless you play conference football, he will be the death of Arsenal’s universally admired free flowing football.
    I’m a City fan, and I’ve seen the way he bypasses defence and midfield.
    Mind you, if you sign Crouch, heskey and Carew, you might minimize his damage.

  8. gibbo

    August 11, 2010 at 12:12 am

    admire your honesty city fans

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