By Chris Harris

For the past four years Manuel Almunia and Jens Lehmann have been fighting for one place on the pitch. Tonight, for the first time, they will both get what they want.

Lehmann left Arsenal for Stuttgart at the start of the month and is expected to line up against his old club when the teams meet at the newly-christened Mercedes-Benz Arena.

The German's presence will remind Almunia of his long battle for the coveted No 1 spot but the Spaniard is now focused on his next challenge - keeping Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone out of the Arsenal side.

"Jens was always a very competitive goalkeeper who always wanted to win and play. I have much respect for him," said Almunia.

"As for Fabianski and Mannone, we are working very well together, we have a very good relationship. We are three very nice guys and we try to work every day for ourselves and for the team of course.

"Also [goalkeeping coach] Gerry Peyton is very easy to work with and at the moment I am enjoying training.

"Lukasz and Vito have both improved because they are young and they have room to improve and become great goalkeepers.

"As one of the oldest players in the team I will try to help them and the other young players."

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30 Jul 2008