By Nick Teale
 
Arsène Wenger admits the current goalkeeping situation is difficult for Manuel Almunia but says the Spaniard is strong enough to deal with it.
 
Ongoing media speculation suggests that the Arsenal manager is on the search for a new stopper, and at the start of pre-season the manager stated that the No 1 jersey was up for grabs.
 
Almunia was the man selected to start in goal at Anfield last weekend but Wenger accepts the constant speculation can be difficult to handle.

"It has been unsettling," admitted the manager. "It is a very sensitive subject which is difficult for me to talk about.
 
"You can understand that he is unsettled by that situation but on the other hand, when you play at Arsenal, that's what you have to deal with. You have to be strong enough to deal with that and I believe he is.
 
"Jens Lehmann had to deal with that situation because at some stage I took him out of the team and played Almunia so competition is part of our world.
 
"We have to accept that. I understand completely that it is not always easy but it is our world."

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