July 23rd, 2010

Arsene Wenger has made Lukasz Fabianki first choice goalie, leaving Manuel Almunia in limbo

ARSENE WENGER is planning to start the Premier League season with calamity keeper Lukasz Fabianki in goal.

That has left last season’s first choice, Manuel Almunia considering his future at the club.

The Gunners are also in for Mark Schwarzer, but Fulham do not want to sell while they are still looking for a new boss.

Fabianksi started in the 3-0 win over Sturm Graz on Wednesday and was replaced at half-time by his fellow Pole Wojciech Szczesny. It is believed Wenger will try out Almunia and Italian Vito Mannone on Tuesday for the friendly with another Austrian club, Neusiedl 1919.

Almunia, 33, started 44 games for the north Londoners last season and captained the club in the absence of the injured Cesc Fabregas.

But Wenger’s approach for Schwarzer and his reluctance to show faith in Almunia has been a huge blow to the Spaniard’s confidence.

Yesterday Wenger insisted: “We are at a level where competition is part of our job.”

Earlier this month Wenger revealed Almunia suffered from nerves, which led to “silly mistakes”. But Fabianski’s performances have been packed with errors, including a couple of howlers in the 2-1 Champions League defeat by Porto in February.

                                                                                          Source: daily star

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