AW: Almunia has Gunners future

It has been claimed that the Spanish goalkeeper will be on his way

out of Emirates Stadium in January, with a return to his homeland

widely touted. Speculation regarding his future has emerged in the

wake of a number of assured displays from the Gunners’ back-up

shot-stoppers. Lukasz Fabianski has become a regular in the side

while Almunia has struggled with injury, while Wojciech Szczesny

was handed a Premier League debut in the club’s last run-out

against Manchester United. Wenger, though, insists a lack of action

for his most experienced keeper should not be taken as a sign that

he is on his way towards the exits. “We need three goalkeepers of

top level,” said the Frenchman. “For example, on Monday night we

had Wojciech make his debut in the Premiership and we had Fabianski

on the bench. If something happens to one keeper you need three

world-class goalkeepers. “I can’t talk about the future of players

who are on long-term contracts. “I am surprised that every time a

player has to fight for his position that you think straight away

that he has to leave, that is quite surprising to me. It is part of

our job.”