By Chris Harris
Regardless of what happens against Porto tomorrow, Arsenal will win or lose as a team.
That's the view of Manuel Almunia as he hunts for the clean sheet which would give Arsène Wenger's side a huge chance of overcoming the 2-1 deficit from the first leg of their Champions League tie.
Almunia's fellow goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski, fell under the spotlight after two high-profile errors in Portugal a fortnight ago, and Almunia himself has been singled out for criticism at times this season.
But the Spaniard refuses to dwell on any individual mistakes and is more concerned about how Arsenal will turn the tie around at Emirates Stadium.
"I understand people talk about the goals we conceded [at Porto] but I would like not to talk about other team-mates' mistakes and focus on our performance in general," said Almunia.
"No [the spotlight is not on me] because when we win all of the team wins and when we lose all of the team loses so the responsibility of any loss is for every player and we don’t like to talk about single mistakes.
"Unfortunately I missed the first-leg against Porto and I was very disappointed to not play in the game. We had a bad result but we only need a 1-0. But of course it will be a problem if we concede a goal.
"But everybody feels good about this game and we have the confidence to get the goals early in the match. But our priority will be to maintain the clean sheet."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source