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Have We Seen The Last of Manuel Almunia in an Arsenal Jersey?

Arsenal’s Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has given a strong indication that he may leave in the winter transfer window. Almunia last played for the Gunners back in September where his errors condemned Arsenal to a 3-2 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

“Almunia is on standby, that means he is here,” said Wenger at his pre-match press conference on Friday. “We keep always that very quiet [about whether there have been offers]. There is a slight chance he could go but as I told you it is standby.”

According to many pundits and fans alike, his performance against West Brom in September was the genesis of his problems. Almunia injured his elbow in the same match and has since continued to warm the Gunners bench despite claiming that he is fully fit and ready for action.

Reports emerging say that Spanish clubs Atletico Madrid and Malaga are keen on signing the 33 year old on a permanent deal.

Giving indications as to the future of the club, Wenger has played 20 year old Wojciech Szczesny, while Fabianski has seen playing time too.

Almunia was handed a curve ball when he was overlooked by Wenger who preferred little known and inexperienced Szczesny. This left Almunia infuriated as he claimed that there was no reason why he should have been overlooked. But in characteristic fashion, Wenger downplayed the whole issue saying that Almunia was free to leave in January.

With only days left until the January transfer window ends, it is looking very likely that Almunia may leave. The goalkeeper has been valued at a fee of 2million Euros which is believed to be in the range of both Malaga and Atletico Madrid. This only further intensifies and complicates the race to land his signature.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Henry

    March 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    lol…look at these back stabbin arsenal fans…try to talk smack about ur ONLY FIT goal keeper now…

  2. SeminoleGunner

    January 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Almunia had a few bright spots for Arsenal. A really strong clean sheet performance in a 1-0 victory over Chelsea, a penalty save of Robbie Keene to keep us in a North London Derby we eventually won, the shootout win at Roma (okay he only stopped one shot in like 8 that night, and by accident!).

    But on the whole he just wasn’t Arsenal caliber. He had a good attitude for the most part, and for that reason I’ll never wish him in any ill, but it’s past time for him to go.

    • Brandon

      January 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Also the first half of the first leg game against Barcelona at the Emirates last year. Barcelona should of had like 4 or 5 goals in the first half of that one.

      • SeminoleGunner

        January 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm

        That’s another one. The (arguable) error on the first Ibrahimovic goal in the second half colors my memory of that game, but he was very solid in the first half.

  3. Stacy Richardson

    January 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Almunia has been an Arsenal albatross for quite some time, so I find the statement, ” . . . his performance against West Brom in September was the genesis of his problems” to be puzzling.

    “Genesis” properly refers to beginnings. But Almunia’s performance against West Brom was not the “genesis” of his problems. Rather, it was the last straw.

    • brn442

      January 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      Haha, well said Stacy.

  4. Dan

    January 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    “This left Almunia infuriated as he claimed that there was no reason why he should have been overlooked”

    Hmm…how about “because he sucks”?

  5. brn442

    January 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I respect the man for staying dignified amidst the verbal abuse he got from Lehmann over the years but the fact is, he is a liability.

  6. DGS

    January 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Alumnia to Atletico, clearing the way for a big-dollar sale of De Gea to Man Utd next summer?

  7. Brian Perceful

    January 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I’ll help his ass pack up!

  8. nick

    January 23, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Thank God!!!!!!!!!- I will personally drive him to the airport…….

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