Almunia out of Partizan trip
Goalkeeper's absence means Fabianski will start on Tuesday.
Manuel Almunia will miss Arsenal's UEFA Champions League trip to Partizan Belgrade after the goalkeeper suffered an elbow injury.
The Spaniard hurt his elbow during Saturday's 3-2 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion when he conceded a penalty by bringing down Peter Odemwingie.
Though Almunia redeemed himself by saving Chris Brunt's spot-kick, he was later at fault for West Brom's second goal after allowing Gonzalo Jara's shot to find its way into the net.
Arsene Wenger refused to blame Almunia after the shock defeat and was planning to keep faith with the keeper for Tuesday's game in Serbia.
However, the injury picked up at the weekend is serious enough to rule Almunia out of the game, meaning Lukasz Fabianski will start against Partizan.
"We have Manual Almunia out," said Wenger.
"He has a problem with his elbow. He caught it when he made the penalty on Saturday."
The Arsenal manager also confirmed Kieran Gibbs will be assessed on Monday as the left-back is still recovering from the bruised foot suffered in last week's Carling Cup clash with Tottenham.
Wenger added: "Also Kieran Gibbs has a test in training today."
...and in other related news:
Gunners linked with Reds ace
Arsene Wenger is being linked with a January move for Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina as he tries to overcome his keeper problem.
The Gunners boss has shown great faith in both first choice Manuel Almunia and number two Lukasz Fabianski but both keep costing the side goals and it could be that Wenger is running out of patience.
Reina is very happy where he is at Anfield but if they continue their poor start to the season coupled with continued worries over their financial position he may become a saleable asset at Liverpool and, if so, Wenger would be ready to move.
Reports claim Wenger made a £15m move for the keeper in January but it was turned down as not being high enough, a second offer maybe forthcoming.
and a short but sweet piece about our favorite glass man:
Believe Robin van Persie when he says he is a ‘gooner’.
When the 27-year-old signed a new contract at the club just over a year ago, Van Persie proclaimed that “My heart is with Arsenal and I just can’t picture myself in a different shirt.”
On evidence of the clip below, the Dutchman was not saying so to flatter the Arsenal faithful (like some do).
In a short documentary about his days back home at Feyenoord, Van Persie’s affection for the No. 10 shirt and Arsenal when young was as clear as his footballing talent.
At the end of the video (1:58), he reveals that “I dream of playing for Arsenal or Barcelona”. This was way before he was scouted and snapped up by the Gunners in 2004.
With his immense ability, many can only imagine what Robin would be to the football world today had he been as fit as a butcher dog throughout his career so far.
And despite his unfortunate injury record, Van Persie has still managed some remarkable moments as a Gunner and remains the club’s all-time top scorer in the current squad with 73 goals in 140 starts – over a 50% scoring rate. Cesc Fabregas is second in that category with 48 goals.
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