Arsenal Veteran Set to Complete Fiorentina Move

Emirates Stadium keeper on his way to Serie A.

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is a target for Serie A side Fiorentina, according to reports in Italy.

Almunia, who will be released at the end of the month, made 175 appearances for the Gunners after joining them from Celta Vigo in 2004.

The Spaniard found himself on the outside last season, however. He failed to make a single first-team appearance at the Emirates and was allowed to go out on loan to West Ham.

And Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claims Almunia will be plying his trade for Fiorentina next season after the Florence side failed to lure Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano to the Stadio Artemio Franchi.


Manuel Almunia made a fair few blunders during his eight years at Arsenal but was perhaps not as clumsy as some would suggest, more that every high profile error was seized upon with great vigour. Indeed there was a point where the Spaniard was discussed as a possible England international at one point, before he lost his spot to a succession of keepers.

Indeed Almunia is probably as solid between the sticks as Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone, hence interest in his services from Serie A side Fiorentina.

Arsene Wenger may well be looking to trim his squad of many dead-weights as he looks to cover the cost of much needed additions, having already spent £24m on Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.

The likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela, Denilson, Andrei Arshavin, Sebastien Squillaci and Marouane Chamakh may well all follow Almunia to the Emirates Stadium exit.

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