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Manuel Almunia has been told by Arsene Wenger that he will remain Arsenal’s No 1 goalkeeper.
But the Daily Mail reports that while the Spaniard prepares to face Wolves today he may be interested in the rave review Wenger has given fellow Frenchman Hugo Lloris, the 22-year-old Lyon keeper who starred in the Champions League midweek frustration of Liverpool.
AW said: ‘A fantastic keeper who will be a fantastic keeper in the future.’ When asked if he though Lloris was France’s best keeper for some time, Wenger gave an emphatic ‘Yes’.
AW adds in the Guardian: “Almunia looks back to his best. He needs a few games to get used to playing again, but I’m not worried about him,” said the Frenchman, before admitting the 32-year-old goalkeeper had something of a crisis of confidence after a shaky display in the 4-1 defeat of Portsmouth in August.
“It gave him a good breather as well,” AW told the paper. “I feel he had been a bit affected by the mistakes he made against Portsmouth but, overall, no, I would not have dropped him if he had not been sick.”
The Guardian adds that due to Lukasz Fabianski’s thigh injury, AW gave an extended run in the team to the 21-year-old Vito Mannone. The Italian excelled in the 1-0 win over Fulham but also endured some difficult performances, none more so than the second half collapse away to West Ham last month when Arsenal surrendered a 2-0 lead.
“Confidence is very important,” said AW . “That’s why basically it is a position where most of the time you get for the big clubs, after 25 or 26, you get mature enough to play. You are not ready at 22 to take that pressure.”
The Sun reckons the Arsene Wenger’s men can create some pressure on leaders Chelsea if they manage a sixth win from seven league games.
But despite facing Premier League new boys Wolves, Cesc Fabregas is expecting a tough match at Molineaux, claims the paper.
He said: “We will have to be at our best as usual because today there are no small teams in the Premier League, everyone makes it difficult if you are not up for it, so we will have to be motivated to beat them.
“It is noticeable that the ‘big four’ teams have lost a number of matches so far between them. In my opinion, that is better for the league because it means other teams are improving.”
“Maybe we are seeing teams throughout the division playing a little more football and trying to make passing combinations. We should never forget that people pay a lot of money to watch football and do not want to see players just kicking the ball up into the air.
“I know it is difficult to play one-twos and things like that, but you have to try your best to make the game attractive because people pay to see good football.”
There’s a cracking interview with Alex Song in this morning’s Mirror in which Alex Song talks about the main motivation in his career being his family.
Song, 22, is married to childhood sweetheart Olivia and they have two sons, Nolan, two and Kaylian, 11 months. But Song also has a staggering 17 sisters and 10 brothers.
Cameroon midfielder Song intends to look after and care for each and each one of them and be the father that he never had as a child growing up in Africa, he tells the paper.
Song said: “People have said to me that I am too young to have two children at 22, but I am very happy and everything I do is for my family.
“I have 17 sisters and 10 brothers. I have a big family. But there are all very important to me. Every single one of them. I love them all. Twenty years ago Africa was very different. That’s what happened. That was my Dad and, to be honest, it is different to what I would like for my children.
“I pray to God to give thanks about what I have and how lucky I am. I can look after my family now here, in France and in Africa where it is very difficult.
“I’m happy here, very settled. It’s different now. I’m very happily married, I’ve got a lovely wife, two beautiful children and I’m not just a different player now but a different person as well. That gives me so much power.
“My family is so important to me. I was only three years old when my father died, I didn’t know him and that is why I am so determined to be there for my family.
“I was just 19 when I had my first boy. I didn’t have that love as a boy. When I was at school I saw my friends being picked up by their dads and that’s why when I step on to the pitch I give everything for them.
“That is what makes me happy now and makes me feel strong. It makes me proud to know that my son is watching me on the pitch. They are my motivation all of the time on the pitch.
“Every time I step on to the pitch at the Emirates, I just look up to where my wife and my son are sitting, wave to him and I do everything for my family. I want to give them all of my love because they make me strong.”
Let’s hope he is on song today at Wolves.

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