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Three facts about Arsenal target Alphonse Areola

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Alphonse Areola is shining on loan at Racing Club de Lens this season as the Gunners prepare for a potential goalkeeping exodus this summer.

Arsenal could well lose the out-of-contract duo Lukasz Fabianski and Emiliano Viviano this summer and a goalkeeper must surely be on manager Arsene Wenger's shortlist if he does, indeed, endure a goalkeeping exodus.

One target could be Alphonse Areola, the PSG keeper currently on loan at Racing Club de Lens, who is excelling in a side challenging for promotion to the top tier of French football.

The Daily Mail are reporting the Gunners' interest in the youngster who, at just 20 years of age, would certainly represent one for the future as understudy to No.1 Wojciech Szczesny.

Here are just a few notable facts about the man who could solve a prospective crisis between the posts at the Emirates Stadium...

1) Under-20 World Cup winner

Areola was one of the stars of the show for the France U20 side and was particularly instrumental in the final for the national team, saving two penalties in a shootout against Uruguay which clinched the French a maiden title at this level.

The young talent also made two stunning saves in normal time to deny the Uruguayans as his stock began to rise off the back of an impressive tournament.

2) From the finishing school of Henry et al

Areola is a graduate of the famed Clairefontaine academy, where the likes of Gunners legend Thierry Henry, another former player in William Gallas and well-travelled Premier League striker Louis Saha, to name just a few, all began to hone their skills.

The 20-year-old spent a year at the Paris-based complex having been spotted playing for lowly outfit Petits Anges before signing professional terms with PSG in July 2009.

3) One of Ligue 2's finest

Areola has used last summer's international triumph as a springboard for his club career, which has truly taken off this year while on loan at Lens.

The Paris-born shot-stopper has kept eight clean sheets in 23 games this season, working out at 0.35 clean sheets per match and has conceded just 20 goals.

Lens, in total, have let in 27, so can it be considered mere coincidence that deputy Rudy Riou's only start this season resulted in a 6-2 defeat at Le Havre?

Is Areola the man Arsenal need to sign to bolster their ranks beyond Wojciech Szczesny in goal?

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