By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger has commended Manuel Almunia for his “professional and very dignified attitude” while out of the side.

Despite starting the campaign as the Club’s No. 1, the Spanish goalkeeper had fallen behind Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny in the pecking order after missing over four months of the season through injury.

But following the younger Pole’s finger injury this week, Almunia is now Wenger’s only fit and recognised keeper ahead Saturday’s trip to Manchester United.

When he faced the media on Thursday, the manager reserved special praise for Almunia’s attitude during his spell on the sidelines.

“He is very professional, [has a] very dignified attitude and overall he has done very well,” said Wenger.

“Yes, he has done quite well when he came on and was quite busy in the final part of the game and he did very well [against Barcelona].

"When I took Jens Lehmann out, who [had] made only one mistake, and put Almunia in, Lehmann came in the next day and fought even harder. That's what I believe our job is about.”

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