Championship news

Almunia enjoying Hammers spell

October 18, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia says he is hoping to extend his loan spell at West Ham, having relished the opportunity to play first-team football again.

Manuel Almunia West Ham
PA PhotosManuel Almunia is on a month-long loan at Upton Park

Almunia, 34, lost his place as Gunners No. 1 last season and having failed to threaten Wojciech Szczesny or Lukasz Fabianski for a place between the posts at the start of the current campaign, he moved to Upton Park on a month-long loan.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce snapped up the Spanish shot-stopper to deputise for England goalkeeper Robert Green, who is currently sidelined with a knee cartilage injury.

But despite being unlikely to displace Green on a permanent basis, Almunia has his eye on extending his stay with the Hammers.

"It's good to feel the game again," Almunia told The Sun. "We will see if I extend my loan. At the moment I am happy - it is a great club with nice people and that's enough for me."