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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Almunia out of Partizan clash

Arsenal will be without under-fire goalkeeper Manuel Almunia for their Champions League tie away to Partizan Belgrade on Tuesday after he was ruled out with an elbow injury.

Lukasz Fabianski will take over between the posts.

Almunia was much criticised for his performance in Saturday's shock 3-2 loss at home to West Brom in the Premier League where he injured himself while conceding a penalty.

But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted Monday he would have played Almunia if the keeper had been fit.

"We have Manual Almunia out," Wenger said. "He has a problem with his elbow. He caught it when he made the penalty on Saturday.

The French boss added: "(The goalkeeper) is always the easy target, the easy scapegoat.

"But we win together and we lose together even if people think he made a mistake on the second goal."

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