Arsenal are closing in on Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. The Sunday Mirror says Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has moved into pole position to sign the highly-rated Belgium ­international in a £10million-plus deal this summer.

Wenger is prepared to use a significant chunk of his £70m transfer war chest to tempt 25-year-old Mignolet from ­Wearside in a bid to ­finally resolve the long-standing ­goalkeeping issues at the Emirates.

And the fact Arsenal can offer Mignolet Champions League ­football is a huge pull for the keeper, who wants to establish himself as his nation's number one choice before the 2014 World Cup Finals.