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Almunia gets chance at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Wojciech Szczesny is Arsenal's “number one” but challenged fit-again Manuel Almunia to reclaim the role — starting against Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup tomorrow.

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 close to a return.

In the Spaniard's absence, Lukasz Fabianski, who has since picked up a shoulder injury, and then Szczesny have impressed.

“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. “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,” he said.

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