Five facts about Arsenal goalie target Orjan Nyland

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Arsenal have been scouting young goalkeeper Orjan Nyland for the past 18 months according to reports.

1) He is 23 years old, 6ft4” tall and valued around £2 million with reports suggesting Arsenal have been scouting him for the past 18 months.

2) Orjan Nyland is a senior Norway international regarded as one of the most talented goalkeeper’s in the country. He has four caps under his belt after making his senior debut against Scotland in November 2013.

3) He trained with Premier League side Everton in 2008 as well as Rosenborg in his homeland and Molde where he signed in 2013 from Hodd. He kept five clean sheets in 13 appearances last term, conceding just 11 goals in the Norwegian top tier. He also has experience in the Champions League and Europa League – he kept three clean sheets in four appearances in the Champions League Qualification round last season.

4) He was named in The Guardian’s Team of the Tournament ahead of David De Gea for his impressive display in the U-21 Championships last year and was named Man of the Match for his performance in the 2012 Norwegian Football Cup Final for making several match-winning saves for Hodd against Tromso.

5) The stopper played handball as a child as well as enjoying alpine skiing near his hometown in Volda.

According to reports in The Metro, Cardiff were chasing his in January this year to join his former boss at Molde, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the deal failed to go through. Norwegian website Rbnett now claim the Gunners have been following his career with interest for at least the last year and a half.

Arsenal currently have Poland international Wojceich Szcesny as their first choice between the sticks but Lukasz Fabianski’s move to Swansea on a free transfer means manager Arsene Wenger will require at least one incoming to cover his No.1 if not a third choice, assuming Emiliano Viviano ends his six-month loan spell at the Emirates.

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