‘Keeper to leave Arsenal

Updated: April 24, 2012

Gunners’ goalkeeper Manual Almunia has confirmed that he will leave the club but that he wants to stay in England and preferably, London.

Almunia has slipped well down the pecking order at the Emirates with Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski now first and second choice goalkeepers.

The Spaniard has made 175 appearances in all competitions for the north London club since 2004 but has not started a game for the Gunners in 2012.

Speaking to Sky Sports News; the now 34 year-old said he has the backing of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stating:   “I’m looking for a nice move next season.  I want to start a new episode of my life.

“It’s a very respectful relationship (with Wenger) and now I’m free, I can do what I like and he’s happy with my work at Arsenal.

“I do not want to move too far, because life here in London is fantastic and I hope I can have a club to go to next season so I can stay in this city.”

Almunia had been in such fine form for his club that there had been musings of the possibility of him being called up to the England squad for the 2010 World Cup when he had qualified for an English passport following five years of continuous residency in the country.

Those days have now passed, but Almunia will be more than happy to finish his career in England.

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