AMSTERDAM – In-form Aston Villa netminder Brad Guzan has drawn the attention of English Premier League leaders Arsenal, MLSsoccer.com has learned.
Multiple sources indicated that the Gunners have recently been monitoring the US international, including FutbolMLS.com. It's unclear if Arsenal have made any contact with Villa or Guzan's management, but they did catch an eyeful of the American when he pulled off an opening-day win at the Emirates and have dispatched scouts to see him on at least two other occasions since.
English reports had been insisting Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was on the lookout for an upgrade in goal before incumbent Wojciech Szczesny raised his game considerably over the past few weeks. The club has also been linked with interest in Stoke City backstop Asmir Begovic, Júlio César of Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle's Tim Krul since the season began.
Meanwhile, Guzan is on a three-game unbeaten run that included a victory over EPL runners-up Manchester City. Arsenal are at least the third London team to have shown an interest in the Villans star, following preseason flirtations from West Ham United and that of QPR when they were still in the top division two summers back.
Following the international break, Guzan and 10th place Villa will host Arsenal rivals Tottenham on Oct. 20.