Arsene Wenger hails ‘great’ Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger pays tribute to Manuel Almunia after goalkeeper retires with heart condition

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to Manuel Almunia after the former Arsenal goalkeeper was forced to retire due to a heart condition.

The 37-year-old Spaniard spent eight years at the north London club but was forced to hang up his gloves after he was diagnosed with the problem during a medical with Serie A side Cagliari.

I gave him [more credit than others] because I played him

Arsene Wenger

And Wenger was quick to praise the shot-stopper, who made 175 appearances for the Gunners between 2004 and 2012.

“It’s very sad that he has a heart condition,” said Wenger.

“I think he is at an age where you can accept that he retires from competitive professional football but I hope there’s nothing bad for his future and his health.

“I gave him [more credit than others] because I played him. I think he was a great goalkeeper.”

Almunia spent two seasons at Watford after leaving Arsenal, where he racked up 81 appearances.

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