What a season it’s been for Manuel Almunia. On the bench at the start of the campaign, it took him just two league games to replace Jens Lehmann in the Arsenal first XI, a position that the Spaniard has held down ever since (despite many disparaging remarks from the German). Not only that, but (according to The Times) many people are urging the Gunners keeper to apply for British nationality next year, so that he can solve England’s goalkeeping once and for all.
“I haven’t been called to play for Spain and I’m getting a lot of support here [England] so it’s something to consider,” Almunia said.
“I only look at this issue from a sporting side, it has nothing to do with feelings nor rejecting my identity because I’m probably more Spanish than some of those in the Spanish national team.
“I only say I am getting support here to play at international level and in Spain this is impossible as they have two of the best goalkeepers in the world [Iker Casillas of Real Madrid and Liverpool’s Jose Reina].
“So if a door was to open for me to play at international level, I don’t say I would take it but I would study the situation to see what consequences it would have.”
At the age of 30, Almunia has many seasons ahead of him, do you think he should be England’s number one?