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Monday, November 15, 2010

Almunia out of Arsenal?

Manuel Almunia has always had a strong bond with the Arsenal faithful, who have consistently backed their calamity goalkeeper because of the few top class performances he has managed to put in for the Gunners.

However, with Lukasz Fabianski having displayed performances that have left his doubters beginning to wonder whether Arsene really does know in this instance, and young keeper Wojciech Szczesny proving that he's more than ready and willing to step in should the current Arsenal number one falter, the end could be nigh for Almunia.

With Wenger previously stating that he will not pick anyone based solely on their name and reputation, with only performances seeming to matter, it seems that Alumina will now need to outperform both Fabianski and Szczesny in training before hoping that one or both of them fail to perform for the Gunners in future games.

If this doesn't happened before January then it is likely Almunia will choose to leave the club rather than spend the prime years of his career warming a bench once again at the North London club and the football rumours reflect this.

Although fans of the club are proud to support those who remain loyal to it, as Almunia has done, they are also desperate to see their club emulate the success of former years and re-establish themselves as the top team in London. Arsenal were Andy Gray betting tips for the title this season, so they will have to push on.

If this means sacrificing a man who has shown his love of the club then Arsenal will need to see if they are prepared to follow the example of Chelsea, who ruthlessly sacked assistant coach Ray Wilkins once they deemed him surplus to requirements. If they are not willing to do so, they may find the ruthless nature of the Premier League leaves them failing to taste glory and secure silverware for the foreseeable future.

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