Arsenal Make Duo Available for January Transfer

Arsenal have made available for loan both Manuel Almunia and Vito Mannone, with both goalkeepers finding themselves out of favour at present under boss Arsene Wenger.


The emergence of Wojciech Szczesny and fellow Pole Lukasz Fabianski have left the pair watching from the sidelines and rarely even making the bench, whilst Argentine prospect Emi Martinez is regarded by many as third choice.


Almunia has just recently returned from a one-month loan deal at West Ham, playing four times in the process. Almunia hoped for an extended deal but the Spaniard was forced to return to North London and back into the Arsenal reserves.


Almunia has stated his unwillingness to remain a back-up for Szczesny and Fabianski, but his considerable £50,000-per-weel wage demands have made a move difficult to negotiate. Doncaster Rovers were briefly interested in a move for the experienced stopper, but faced the same financial obstacles endured by other potential suitors.


Mannone is also keen on a short-term loan deal in January, with his spell at Hull City last season entirely unhelpful to his plight for first-team football under Wenger. Mannone featured during the Gunners’ pre-season, but repeatedly insisted that he was hoping for another loan opportunity.


Deals with Leeds and Ipswich have both broken down for Mannone, with both clubs holding reservations over a recurring thigh injury suffered by the Italian 23-year-old. According to talkSport, a host of League One clubs watched Mannone in action on Monday, as the talented keeper managed a clean sheet against Fulham in the reserve league.