Arsenal confirm Wojciech Szczesny is 'Arsenal No 1'
Arsene Wenger today confirmed Wojciech Szczesny is Arsenal's "number one" but challenged fit-again Manuel Almunia to reclaim the role - starting against Huddersfield in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Almunia, 33, has not played since the end of September when he injured his elbow saving a penalty in the home defeat against West Brom, and then suffered an ankle problem when he was close to a return.
In the Spaniard's absence, Lukasz Fabianski, who has since picked up a shoulder injury, and then Szczesny impressed when stepping in between the posts.
Almunia has had offers to leave during January, from both Spain and Turkey, but could yet stay and battle to win his place back.
"At the moment Wojciech is number one," Wenger said.
"He has done nothing for me to take him out, but I can rotate the goalkeepers.
"In the cups I play sometimes different goalkeepers as well."
Wenger paid tribute to Almunia's dedication.
"He is under contract and as long as he is at the club we are happy to have him," the Arsenal manager said.
"I like him as a man and as a player and I have shown that in my decisions. I am happy that he is here."
Wenger added: "Almunia has not played for a long, long time. I don't feel that any player is happy not to play."
It looks very much as though 2015 will be a good year for the world economy, after all – and, if it is, that will be thanks to the fall in the oil price. It won't be good for everyone and we have already seen the pressure it puts on the Russian leadership – though, before you conclude that sometimes there is natural justice in the world, remember that the people who are hurt are not leaders such as Vladimir Putin. Other oil- and gas-exporting countries are damaged, too, and I think we will see further fallout in unpredictable ways. But the net impact is strongly positive, more so than most commentators at present acknowledge. The winners far outnumber the losers.
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