By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger will NOT sign another goalkeeper if Manuel Almunia leaves the Club.
The Spaniard has not featured for the first team since September’s defeat against West Brom and is currently sidelined by an ankle injury.
Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny have staked their claims for a first-team place in Almunia’s absence and Wenger has admitted that there is a “small chance” his most senior keeper will leave.
If he does, expect another youngster to step up.
“No [I won’t sign another keeper] because we still have Vito Mannone who plays at Hull who is available,” said Wenger.
“I think Almunia will stay, then we have three goalkeepers. People want us to have four, five, six, I don’t know.
“We have a young Argentinean boy [Emilio Martinez] as well who is very good. We have plenty of goalkeepers, I think a club who works well can produce good goalkeepers.”
Mannone recently extended his loan deal with Hull until the end of the season. Wenger is not sure whether he can recall him.
“It is a complicated question to answer because I don’t think we are [able to],” he said.
“We had to make a decision at the time before we knew Almunia was going out or not. I didn’t want the problem of bringing Vito back and being No 3 so we took the gamble. I think we can bring him back only in the case of exceptional injury.”Copyright 2014 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 14 Jan 2011