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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ali al Habsi will become a British citizen soon

Karim Farouk, Saturday 2 Apr 2011

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger is keeping a close eye on Bolton’s keeper Ali Al-Habsi to strengthen their goalkeeping position, according to

Wenger has found himself short of options after injuries to the Polish duo Lukasz Fabianski, Wojciech Szczesny and Vito Mannone from Italy, forcing him to re-hire the 41-year old German keeper Jens Lehman.

The number one Omani keeper is on a season-long loan with Wigan where he has produced some heroic performances.

The 29-year old became coach Roberto Martinez's first choice, relegating England international Chris Kirkland to the bench.

Bolton are well stocked between the sticks and may let Al-Habsi move on; Jussi Jaaskelainen has again been in good form this season and they have the highly-rated Hungarian Adam Bogdan in reserve.

Bolton, it is reported, could be tempted with a bid of around £4million, but the Gunners won’t be the only bidders as it is believed that Aston Villa, Liverpool and Scottish giants Celtic are also in the race.
Al-Habsi will become a British citizen later this year and will no longer need a work permit to play in the Premier League.

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