The Evening Chronicle today is again reporting the news that Arsenal are interested in Shay Given, Newcastle’s long serving Irish International goalkeeper.
Shay Given – Arsenal very interested
Sources at both Newcastle United and Arsenal have confirmed Arsenalâ€™s interest in Newcastle’s star 32-year-old Ireland international.
Wenger, over the years, has made no secret of his admiration for Given and that’s usually been repaid by Shay having some of his best games against the London side.
There’s no doubt Shay Given is a wonderfully consistent goalkeeper, who would do just great in London.
Arsenal are looking for a new goalkeeper now that Jens Lehmann has left to join Stuttgart, and if there was ever a time that Newcastle might think of letting Shay finally leave the club, it’s now.
Given has been one of our best players over the last 11 years, and is very well liked by Newcastle fans for his great and long service to the club.
There are some questions about his fitness right now, but his groin problems were hopefully fixed by an operation in Munich, Germany by famed woman surgeon, Dr Ulrike Muschaweckearlier, earlier this year.
Dr. Muschaweckerlier said after the operation that Shay should now be fine, and she’s nearly always right, as she was when she fixed up both Alan Shearer and Michael Owen, for Newcastle.
In Shay’s absence at the end of last season, Steve Harper was outstanding in goal, and played some great games for the club.
In addition, we have a couple of very good 20 year old keepers in Forster and Krul, although if Shay left, Newcastle would probably have to bring in another goalkeeper.
Allan McGregor, the Rangers goalkeeper, has been linked with a possible move to Newcastle, should Shay leave.
While most of his Newcastle colleagues have been away relaxing on holiday, Shay has been working hard this summer, as he seeks full fitness following his hernia operation in Munich.
If Shay is still at the club some August, there will be a monumental battle with his pal Steve Harper, as to who wins the number 1 goalkeeper jersey this season.
Steve Harper is one of three key players at St Jamesâ€™ Park whose contract comes up at the end of next season, with Steven Taylor and Michael Owen the other two.
Allan McGregor – 26 year-old 6ft Rangers goalkeeper
If Newcastle do sell Given and go after Ranger’s 26 year old 6’0″ goalkeeper Allan McGregor, as has been mentioned, they will face competition from Spurs ….. again.
The London club want to reunite the Rangers keeper with his former colleague and right-back Alan Hutton, at the White Hart Lane club.
The Rangers keeper joined Rangers back in 1998, and has played 70 times for the Scottish giants, and just once for Scotland last year.
If Given is sold, quite a few of the Newcastle faithful will feel the club has made a mistake in letting the Irishman go.
We think Shay’s career is far from over, and expect Shay to play until he’s 40 years old, because he’s taken such good care of himself over the years.