By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has given his backing to Manuel Almunia despite the error that nearly gave Tottenham a 2-0 lead on Saturday.
 
Early in the second half, striker Dimitar Berbatov burst through and skipped past the onrushing Spanish stopper to leave himself with just defender Kolo Toure to beat. Fortunately the Ivorian pulled off a match-saving tackle.
 
With the injured Jens Lehmann waiting in the wings, every perceived mistake by an Arsenal keeper is under scrutiny at the moment. Afterwards Wenger offered his  support.
 
"It was not an easy ball for him but [later on] he saved us as well with a one against one when he was out very early," said the Frenchman. "At the moment he is the No 1 because he plays. When Jens is back then we will see."

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 Richard Clarke 17 Sep 2007