Manuel Almunia will be the one to decide whether or not his future lies at Arsenal, according to Arsene Wenger.
The Spaniard, who will be sidelined for a further three weeks after suffering another injury whilst training, is reportedly being chased by Malaga and Atletico Madrid according to Sky Sports.
With Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny now considered ahead of the Spaniard in the Gunners’ pecking order, Wenger believes the goalkeeper must accept competition for his position is inevitable.
The Frenchman said: “I will listen to Manuel Almunia only. Nobody can be where we are in such a privileged job and think ‘it is a shame we have to compete for our places’. That is the least we can do.
“I am surprised every time a player has to fight for his position that you think straight away he has to leave.”
Hazard Gunners hint.
Arsenal and Liverpool target Eden Hazard has dropped a hint that he may well move to the Premier League in the summer after apparently having already rejected a move to English champions Chelsea.
ESPN reports that the talented 19-year-old has also talked up a move to Real Madrid, leading to a potential clamour for his signing. Zinedine Zidane has spoken to Real boss Jose Mourinho about bringing he winger in, but the Belgian starlet holds an interest in moving to north London.
Hazard said: “If I do leave at the end of the season, I don’t want to go somewhere I will be on the bench, and it will be difficult to break through in a team like Real, where Ronaldo and Kaka will be my competitors.
“But there are teams like Arsenal, where youngsters can grow more easily into the first team and make their mark.”
Gunners land Barcelona.
Arsenal have been drawn against Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League, a repeat of last years tie which saw the Gunners defeated 6-3 on aggregate. The two sides also met in the 2006 Champions League Final where Barcelona came from behind to win 2-1 at the Stade de France. The first leg will be played at the Emirates Stadium.
Midfielder Denilson could be the subject of an £11m bid from German outfit Wolfsburg, according to a report on Imscouting.com.
The 22-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot since moving to the Emirates from his native Brazil in 2006, and Steve McClaren’s men could be set to make a move in January.