Thursday, 10 March 2011

Wenger considering emergency loan signing for new keeper

Arsene Wenger is considering signing a goalkeeper on an emergency loan following the injury to Wojciech Szczesny.

The Frenchman said a temporary option in goal could be the way forward after he said Szczesny would be out "for a while" after he dislocated his finger in Tuesday's match with Barcelona.

Manuel Almunia is the only fit first team goalkeeper as Lukasz Fabianski was ruled out for the season after undergoing surgery for a shoulder injury he picked up prior to the game with Manchester City in January.

Reserve team keeper James Shea has been recalled early from a loan spell with Southampton and will take a place on the bench as Almunia's understudy at Old Trafford.

Wenger's other option is Vito Mannone, who is on loan at Hull City. However he picked up a knock and it is unknown how long he'll be out for.

Asked if he had approached the Premier League for permission to make an emergency loan, Wenger replied "not yet".

The Gunners boss told jornalists he had someone in mind but would not reveal the player's name.

He said the signing would not be made by this weekend, adding:
"It's not feasible."

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