Almunia blasts team mates lack of effort



Manuel Almunia has bizarrely hit out at some of his Arsenal team mates for a lack of effort in this weeks Champions League last 16 loss to Barcelona.

Almunia, who is now Arsenals only fit keeper, came on after 19 minutes after first choice stopper, Szczesny dislocated his finger.

Almunia conceded three goals as Arsenal went out, and has suggested that some of his team were not giving 100% in trying to stop Barcelona from scoring.

“Barcelona bossed us and in the second half we had players that were not running,” he said.

“We only needed one goal and with a bit more effort we could have caused them damage at the end.

“Even at 3-1, we only needed one goal and, well, you can’t understand how there can be players that were walking. We were tired.

“It seemed that everything was lost but you can score a goal at any moment. So the only explanation I have is that we were so tired and the players couldn’t give any more.

“And down to 10 men, it was double the effort. We came up against a Barcelona side that are the best in the world.”

Almunia is Arsenals only choice as goalkeeper in the upcoming weeks and is clearly resentful of his lack of first team football this season.

Talking about his unexpected opportunity to play a few games while Arsenal try to nurse their other keepers back to fitness Almunia added, “I have nothing to prove to anyone.”

“I have another year left on my contract with Arsenal and I have to play a few games now and they will help me to get back to my best again.

“I’ve had a difficult period with injuries and without playing. But I’ve taken it calmly. Now I have to play and do what I can.

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