Transfer Bin: Arsenal line up free transfer swoop for Manchester City reject - not Barry

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Arsenal have been linked with a move for former Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon - but this ends up in our transfer bin.

The Gunners' 3-2 FA Cup final win over Hull City earlier this month was the club's first silverware in almost nine years, and the feel good factor is returning to the club once again. Manager Arsene Wenger has now seemingly regained the trust of the fans, and will embark on a summer of spending in order to strengthen the squad and get the club fighting for more prestigious trophies next season.

Wenger has already been linked with a number of transfer moves this summer, with many suggesting that right back, central midfield and centre forward are the positions that need improving the most - yet speculation today is linking Wenger with a move for a goalkeeper.

With Lukasz Fabianski seemingly poised for a move to Swansea City and Emiliano Viviano's failed loan move from Palermo now over, the Gunners are in desperate need of a backup goalkeeper to cover for No. 1 Wojciech Szczesny, and they've already been linked with the likes of David Marshall and John Ruddy.

Yet the latest name to be suggested is former City stopper and Romanian international Pantilimon, who served as the backup to Joe Hart at the Etihad Stadium this season. The towering goalkeeper was released last week upon the expiration of his contract, and can now be had on a free transfer.

It makes sense for Wenger to look for a cost-effective second choice custodian, but Pantilimon rarely impressed at City and would offer little competition to Szczesny. In order to get the best out of the Pole, Arsenal need to bring in a more high-calibre goalkeeper and really push Szczesny, rather than bring in a stopper that would simply be arriving to sit on the bench - which makes this deal seem somewhat unlikely.

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