Gunners close on £5 million United ace

Arsenal are today closing on the signing of Newcastle United keeper Shay Given after the club admitted they were preparing for life after the Ireland international. Given has been linked with a move to the Emirates for quite a while now, but it looks as though finally Wenger could be about to land his man. (Press Association)

The 32-year old has never hid his desire to one day win trophies and he just hasn't been getting that at St James' Park so it comes as no surprise to me to see him close to leaving the club. Given is widely regarded as one of the Premier League's best keepers. Although he is only six foot he still manages to throw himself about the goal, which I feel has persuaded Wenger to spend £5 million on him.

I have no doubts that Given will turn out to be a magnificent signing for the Gunners. With Lehman leaving earlier this month it was obvious that Wenger needed another goalie and in Given I feel he has found a quality replacement. Given has spent over a decade at Newcastle and I am sure all Magpies fans will be sad to see him go.