By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger's confidence in Manuel Almunia remains undimmed despite Arsenal's No1 receiving criticism for his role in Liverpool's goal on Sunday.
 
Dirk Kuyt scored the opening goal of the game at Anfield after the Spanish keeper failed to deal with Fabio Aurelio's free kick.
 
However Wenger says that was not Almunia's fault as the ball took an unexpected deflection as it was delivered into the penalty area.            
 
"I have watched the game against Liverpool well," said the manager.
 
"The ball was deflected by Lucas and I did not see that during that game.
 
"Almunia came and Lucas touched the ball with his head and deflected the ball.
 
"I have full confidence in him and I will pick him tomorrow night."

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15 Dec 2009