Arsenal are plotting a shock move for released Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, according to reports from The Metro.

The Gunners are currently short on options between the sticks, with Lukasz Fabianski having been released and Emiliano Viviano’s uninspiring loan spell having now ended.

Wojciech Szczesny is still around, but Arsene Wenger wants to provide the Pole with a more able back-up man, and sees Pantilimon as a good option.

The Romanian recently rejected a new contract at City after warming the bench for the Premier League champions for the past few seasons, and is in search of a new challenge.

There is strong interest in the 27-year-old from Italy and Spain, but staying in English football may appeal to the lanky goalie.

The 6ft. 8” glovesman would not be an automatic choice at Arsenal, but may have a genuine chance of becoming Wenger’s number one, with Szczesny having failed to truly impress over the course of his spell at the Emirates Stadium.

Pantilimon starred for City in their Capital One Cup success last season, and enjoyed a brief spell as Manuel Pellegrini’s main goalkeeper while Joe Hart was out of the team.

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