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Almunia Is Role Model For Young Players

Manuel Almunia believes his role this season will not only be to stop the ball hitting the onion bag, but also as a role model to the younger players.

With the departures this summer, Almunia is now, by goofle's reckoning, the most senior player in the Arsenal squad at the tender age of 31.

Almunia believes that with age and experience, comes a responsibility to set a good example to Arsene Wenger's young charges.

"The only thing that has changed this season is the number of my shirt," Almunia told Arsenal.com. "That has changed, but the situation, I hope, will not change and I can have many, many games in goal for Arsenal.

"My role in the team, I expect, will be to show myself as a good example for people around Arsenal. I would like to be a reference for the young players and help them as best I can. But also I want to give my all to performing for the team."

What ever you think about Almunia's credentials as Arsenal's number one, he's surely got to be a better role model than our former crazy German, hasn't he? :)




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 22 2008

Time: 12:03PM

Your Comments

He is 31, change it quickly :D Good guy that Manny.
Goofle
No denying he's one of the nice guys and he can be a role model, but I reckon this season is all about him growing (yes, even at 31 Goofle) and finally snuffing out any doubts about his ability to command his own penalty area.
Andy-bayor
Agree, he can teach them about patience, waiting for your shot and then grabbing it with both hands when you get it. I'm sure that with more game time he will continue to improve. That's when you really learn as a player - out there on the pitch where every performance counts.
Passenal
You're right Goof ..... thanks for the corrections. Appropriate credit applied ;)
Rocky7
ditto passenal....
supersof
I'm not sure if you just noticed it more because of the size of the ground, but he was very vocal on Saturday. He was constantly giving encouragement to the young lads around him.
navydave
All round nice guy, good to see him getting rewarded for his patience and pro attitude, anyone that breaks off from their honeymoon to come and sign for us was never gonna chuck it away just for instant 1st team action a couple of months down the line. Now go prove all those doubters wrong this season Manu!
nikolaijns
SUPERMAN!
Tom14
Wonder if he is a role model this season when the Spurs go marching on again and he is picking the ball out the back of the onion bag??? COYS!
4721archer
Marching on to another 37 point deficit lol. Onward tottenham soldiers marching to 10th place.
nikolaijns
Yep keep marching from the edge of the relegation zone to "top" of the second half of the league table. I'm sure you guys will march faster this time.
Lou the Gunneress
hope almunia has a fantastic season he still makes me a tad nervous but i have faith...ill miss the mad german though
anonymous
He seems like a good bloke. I still can't see why Wenger hasn't signed a better keeper though.
monkeyg
 

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