Almunia hints at Arsenal exit

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has admitted he could leave the Emirates Stadium if Gunners boss Arsene Wenger signs a new shot-stopper, Sky Sports. Almunia has already spent time on loan at West Ham United this season and could look to leave the North Londoners permanently in the future.

21 year old Polish international Wojciech Szczesny is the current Arsenal number one and has impressed so much that thoughts of Wenger signing a more experienced goalkeeper have been abolished. Almunia has not been able to squeeze past Szczesny and could be reduced to a reserve role if Wenger decides to bring in Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, as some reports claim. The Spaniard started the first Arsenal home game of the season against Liverpool, but was criticised for his performance and has admitted his confidence is low.

Almunia said: ‘To be honest, it is so difficult to concentrate because Arsenal is a big club and speculation is always in the news and everywhere. The only thing I can do is keep working because I have a contract here and I have to do what the manager wants from me. I have not spoken to him. If somebody comes in, I will have to talk about my future at Arsenal. That is it. I cannot talk now, because the talking would be for nothing.’

Aston Villa have been linked with the 33 year old, but Almunia admits that there is a low possibility of permanently moving to another English club as well as to Spain. The Spaniard is happy with life at the Emirates Stadium and may be in line for a start in this weekend’s cup tie with Villa.

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