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'I wouldn't say Almunia isn't first choice'
karsene16 (IP Logged)
23 October, 2009 22:41

By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger is refusing to say that Manuel Almunia is no longer Arsenal’s No 1 keeper.

The Spanish stopper missed a month through a chest infection, but returned to the squad for the trip to Alkmaar on Tuesday. Wenger kept faith with Vito Mannone for the Champions League match in Holland, with Almunia on the bench.

The decision raised questions at Friday’s press conference ahead of the game at West Ham on Sunday.

“I wouldn't say Manuel is no longer our automatic first choice,” he said. “But Vito has come in and done well.

“It is always difficult with these kinds of decisions. You could say our job is to be unfair sometimes to players. You don't want to be but some time you have to, no matter what decisions you make sometimes you are unfair to one or two players.”

Re: 'I wouldn't say Almunia isn't first choice'
eduardo (IP Logged)
23 October, 2009 23:05
he is not saying almunia is number one either

Re: 'I wouldn't say Almunia isn't first choice'
Rockstaar (IP Logged)
23 October, 2009 23:06
Vito deserves the start...but wenger might just feel as though almunia has learned his lesson

Re: 'I wouldn't say Almunia isn't first choice'
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
24 October, 2009 09:02
Inscrutable as ever.
People say he wont stand up to players but he removed Gallas as Captain, droped Lehmann who moaned like feck and put Henry on gardening leave.

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