Almunia sits out Belgrade battle

The north London club confirmed on their website on Monday morning

that Lukasz Fabianski will take over between the posts with Almunia

having hurt his elbow when he gave away a penalty in Saturday’s 3-2

Premier League home defeat to West Brom. “We have Manual Almunia

out,” said manager Arsene Wenger. “He has a problem with his elbow.

He caught it when he made the penalty on Saturday.” The Frenchman

insisted he had no plans to drop Almunia had it not been for the

injury. “[The goalkeeper] is always the easy target, the easy

scapegoat,” he said. “But we win together and we lose together even

if people think he made a mistake on the second goal.” Wenger will

decide during training whether full-back Kieran Gibbs can board the

plane for Serbia as he continues his recovery from the badly

bruised foot he suffered in the Carling Cup win at Tottenham last

Tuesday. “Kieran Gibbs has a test in training today,” Wenger added.