19 desember 2006

Trúarbrögð í London

Arsenal, 14 points adrift of leaders Manchester United in the Premiership, step up their challenge for the Carling Cup with a quarter-final at Liverpool tonight.

They will have Tomas Rosicky back from injury and, for goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, the game represents the opportunity to persuade Wenger that he can afford to release Jens Lehmann when his contract expires next summer.

Lehmann may be 37 but he is still wanted on the Continent, where Sevilla head a group of clubs who want to offer the German a two-year contract.

Wenger's policy has been to offer players over 30 only one-year deals, as witnessed a year ago when Robert Pires left.

The manager is to discuss the goalkeeper's future with him, so Almunia knows that an impressive performance at Anfield will do his hopes of claiming the first-choice jersey no harm.

Lehmann said: "I like it here and so do my family but we will just have to wait and see what happens."

Meanwhile, Arsenal have asked supporters not to bring national flags to matches at the Emirates Stadium because, a club statement read, "some of our fans have been upset with the flying of certain flags denoting particular regions of the world".

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