Despite getting the nod from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on April 2, in a critical match against Blackburn Rovers, it appears Manuel Almunia’s days at the Emirates are numbered.
Almunia started in goal despite speculation that newly returned old friend Jens Lehmann could crack the starting XI. Lehmann, 41, came out of retirement to rejoin the side he helped guide to a unbeaten run through the Premiership during the 2003-2004 campaign. Lehmann started all 38 Premier League matches for Arsenal.
After a recent shaky start with Arsenal Reserves, it’s clear Lehmann will need a spell to get up to match speed, firing speculation that another move could be in the offing.
Wenger is on record as saying the Almunia may leave the team at the end of the season. While the Frenchman also claimed that he wouldn’t sign a new net minder if the Spaniard flees London, the addition of Lehmann would seem to indicate that may not be entirely the case.
With Lucasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny both failing to play well enough to end the clamor for a new man between the sticks and Szczesny arguably costing the Gunners the Carling Cup, Wenger may indeed be looking to make a change.
That being said, here are the top 10 goalkeepers Wenger should consider making a run at this summer.