Arsenal ‘monitoring’ Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan

Brad Guzan

Arsene Wenger is considering bringing the US international to the Emirates

Arsenal could be about the launch an audacious bid for Aston Villa keeper Brad Guzan, if reports from a number of US sources are to be believed.

According to MLSsoccer.com, the Gunners are said to be keeping close tabs on the 29-year-old, who has impressed for the Villans so far in the Premier League this term.

There’s no word yet on whether the North London club have made a formal approach for the player, but it’s likely that Guzan would be open to a move, with Arsenal offering the real prospect of Champions League football next season.

One potential scenario could see the American identified as one of a number of potential goalkeeping targets, with the likes of Asmir Begovic and Tim Krul previously linked with a move the club.

In the meantime, Guzan will be eager to continue the fine form he has demonstrated so far this term, with Aston Villa currently in a comfortable 10th position in the Premier League standings, following impressive wins over the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal.

This latest development highlights the remarkable turnaround in the US keeper’s career in England.

Signed from MLS club Chivas USA back in 2008, Guzan initially struggled to establish himself at Villa Park, serving as back up to then first-choice Brad Friedel.

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After his compatriot’s departure to Spurs, the 29-year-old expected to be given the no.1 jersey, but instead found himself sidelined by the arrival of Shay Given.

Despite impressing in sporadic bursts, Guzan was released from the club in the summer of 2012, but in a bizarre twist, new manager Paul Lambert got in touch with the American, offering him a new deal.

And since usurping Given to become the team’s established goalkeeper, the Illinois-born star has rarely looked back, signing an improved four-year contract extension over the summer.

With Guzan enjoying a healthy relationship with his manager, teammates and club, it could take a very special and very substantial offer from Arsenal and Arsene Wenger to convince the player to move to London.

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