Almunia back in Arsenal squad for Everton

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Manuel Almunia will be on the bench for Arsenal on Saturday after Arsene Wenger confirmed that both Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone had picked up injuries in Tuesday night’s defeat against Olympiakos.

The Spaniard, who recently spent a month on loan at Walrus Ham United in the Championship, has not featured for the Gunners since…well it’s a long time ago.

Speaking to Arsenal.com, the boss confirmed:

“Mannone and Fabianski are both out. Mannone has a shoulder problem, he saw a specialist on Thursday night. Fabianski has a nasty cut on his knee.”

Arseblog News doesn’t like to gloat, but we did predict an inanimate carbon rod would be taking a place on the bench as back-up to Szczesny. Stick with us for more exclusives.

Unfortunately, as expected, Andre Santos has also been ruled out meaning either Thomas Vermaelen or Ignasi Miquel will fill in at left-back.

“Santos has an ankle injury so he is out. He will see a specialist in the coming days,” Arsene confirmed.

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SmokingGunner
SmokingGunner

Could Koscielny not play at left back?

SmokingGunner
SmokingGunner

Its nice to see my fellow gooners voting down a question.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

perhaps thumb up means “yes, SmokingGunner, he could” and thumbdown means “no, he’s more of a right sided player so either the middle or right back”

just a thought

SmokingGunner
SmokingGunner

Ah your mind is sharper than mine friend, I was just under the impression he was actually more comfortable on the left side. There was talk last year about it because obviously Vermaelen fills that role.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

playing on the opposite of your natural side isn’t new for arsenal fullbacks, nutty nige played at right back for a while back in the 80s not so long after george bought him. we still had sansom and mickey thomas was yet to emerge as a young right back. although of course he moved to the no4 slot when we bought dixon.

that worked out alright in the end.

hurrah for makeshirft weird fullbacks!

Wan Siu Fan

He probably could but Vermaelen would probably be better with Kos and Per in the middle and Djourou at RB; alternatively Kos at RB and Miquel at LB would probably work too.

ozz
ozz

Miquel at LB for me. Djourou is too damn slow and clumsy to play as a right back.

Jose Ozorio

I’d prefer Coq at RB and Kos at CB with Per, Vermalen at LB coz he likes to bomb forward.

Thorough

Apocalysis? I hope this is not your dreaded face?

Thorough

Apocalysis, I hope this is not your dreaded face?

neutral
neutral

apocalysis, wtf is that?

truj
truj

better than hernia

TomC
TomC

A morbid and irrational fear that the world will end unless AW immediately spend 8 jiztillion squid right now.

Voldermort
Voldermort

Will be fine I’m sure against everton but the rediculas decision to play santos may haunt us at city. Hope I’m wrong. Bob Wilson anyone ?

Thorough

Seriously I will go for experience ahead of youth in this particular game. I think we have Seamus down the left, so Vermaelen will do. Per n Kos in the middle, and Djorou (yes Djorou) at right back. He was pathetic in the last game at Olympiacos but aside that I think the only bad spell he has had at right back was the first few minutes against Chelsea. Miguel has played well everytime he has come in and I believe he will make a good back-up from the bench. And I am seriously thinking of Benayoun in place of Rambo. Saw him stylishly take the only chance he had against Olympiakos while Ramsey keeps shooting as if football was a firecracker.

gooner-dan
gooner-dan

*Djourou (yes Djourou)

billywhizz

i would go with miquel at lb and leave the rest of the defence alone. he looks a good prospect and one change in a defence has to be better than three… i hope almunia’s miserable head doesn’t bring the rest of the team down. maybe he can wear a paper bag?

bradysrightfoot
bradysrightfoot

I agree mate, less changes to the back four, the better.

Mooro
Mooro

Taking the first mouthful of morning coffee at the same time as that headline popping up isn’t a good mix.

Any tips on getting coffee stains off a carpet?

Nikki
Nikki

Can we use Song in defense, so Koscielny can still be a right back?
Than coquelin or frimpong can take Song place in midfield…

Master Bates
Master Bates

no. we need Song in the midfied , he’s not only our best Defensive midfieder , one of our best playmakers too

Voldermort
Voldermort

Mooro, you should have a blog on your own
Mate, your posts always make chuckle.

Mooro
Mooro

Ta. You’re obviously someone who enjoys the finer drivel in life.

Now how’d you get the lid off this fuckin Shake n Vac….?

truj
truj

Once upon a time….
After lots of fight the tired hero retired. Lived in a forest with his dog and gun. But one day a car stopped at his small house and Wenger’s men forced him to get in and save the world of Arsenal once more.
Will the wounded animal capable to do this? Will he fail and flap again or ….
You can watch this thriller at the weekend at the Emirates.
Do not miss it!

Dave Gooner
Dave Gooner

Djourou, Kos, BFG, and TV5 is a good back 4, especially in front of Chesney. Djourou played well when he came in for Carl with the rest of the first choice around him in the CL. I don’t think we have a problem.

And I wish Manuel Almunia well. At his best he is top quality, he has shown us that – and there is no reason to think he won’t be at his best if called on. Good luck to him.

Also good luck to Mikel Arteta tomorrow against his old club – he is a model professional who has really impressed me with his dedication to our cause.

Ace McGoldrick
Ace McGoldrick

Looks like a four centre back back 4 on Saturday then.

Can’t say I’m delighted at Almunia’s re-emergence from the wilderness into the matchday squad but the guy is a gent and has always conducted himself well.

rahulv
rahulv
Sean Dixon
Sean Dixon

I would prefer a small yellow training cone than Manuel Almunia in goal. I would prefer the cone on the corner flag than having Almunia in goal!

Steve
Steve

If we had a car safety triangle out there, the opposition would try and stay 2 metres away from it at all times….

ramgooner
ramgooner

well thats one hell of a bench

almunia,squillachi,arshavin,chamakh sitting together.god help us!!
anyone with same feelings.JK;)

Shane O'Keeffe
Voldermort
Voldermort

Just got clamped 130£ and reading that possible bench has sent me into meltdown. Fucking hate Christmas, hate everyone hate rvp and Wilshere hate Fenton the stupid posy dog.and even Santa Claus what’s with the red gown probably never even been to the emirates. Grrrrr

GOONER up
GOONER up

A little bit of tevez out the door. A little bit of vidic on the floor. A little bit of nasri on the side. A little bit of rooney shooting wide. A little bit of mario having a laugh. A little bit of nani on his arse. Ladies and gentlemen- this is channel number 5

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

QUALITY…LMAOOOOO

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

Call Jens back this year too, would rather him than to see Almunia in the squad.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

what about metal man thing? maybe he could fill in.

Master Bates
Master Bates

it’s The Simpsons reference ,from the episode “Deep Space Homer” . an inanimate carbon rod prevents a shuttle from crashing.

IN ROD WE TRUST!!!!!

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

I know that. It wins an award and stuff. I was just referencing an old post comment that went down accidentally well.

Steve
Steve

Do you mean the statue of Herbert Chapman? They’ve only just placed it, so might not want to move it so soon

Metal Man Thing's Mate
Metal Man Thing's Mate

It’s a Saturday, his day off. 😉

Steve
Steve

How about a crazy 3-5-2 formation? This rids the need for full backs and as long as Walcott and Gervinho are on the wings, as they have actually done fairly well defensively this season, we’ll be fine. van Persie and Chamakh/Park (just to give them some confidence) up top (or even Yossi just behind) with our usual midfield 3, Walcott and Gervinho out wide and Kos, Mert and Verm at the back.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

hahahaha

he said *two* up front

hahahaha

etc etc

i think we’re more likely to see nelson oust mcnab from the starting 11 and rice retaining his berth on the right hand side

not sure about these new fangled substitute things, mind

Steve
Steve

If you notice though i also suggested a 3-5-1-1 just to fit in with Wengers plans. I also thought about a 3-3-3-1 but that was ridiculous and so i dismissed that idea

Sneaky fucking Russian
Sneaky fucking Russian

Ignasi left back koscielny right back. Give the youngster ago. You don’t come from uefalona academy without learning a thing or two. Spanish u21 champion. The kids gotta have talent.

totalfootball
totalfootball

i reckon we should give miquel more first team chances he looks determined to make a step up. miquel – left / verminator – centre – per / koscielny – right

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

I think it’s a ploy to have him on the bench for our 125th anniversary. They’ll show a clip of our biggest finals ever, and then, just after they show those 2 Barcelona goals catch Almunia at the near post, they’ll switch to live video of him sitting on the bench. “Give us a wave!”

Forgiveness is hard. I’m trying. That Paris final has taken years of therapy.

die hard gunner
die hard gunner

Rather have Seaman at post than Almunia