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Sep, 30, 2011

West Ham snap up Almunia

West Ham United have signed goalkeeper Manuel Almunia on an initial one-month emergency loan from Arsenal after he slipped down the pecking order at the Emirates.

Almunia, 34, has arrived to cover for current West Ham No. 1 Robert Green, who faces around six weeks out with a knee cartilage injury.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce told West Ham TV: "We've been hot on the phone and secured an excellent signing in the short-term in Manuel Almunia from Arsenal. It's a big 'thank you' again to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal for allowing us to get such a high-class and experienced goalkeeper to come in and fill-in for Robert for the time being.

"I think he hasn't had as many games at Arsenal as he would have liked so he wants to play first-team football at the end of the day.

"We hope that huge amount of experience he has had at Arsenal and the football he has played on a regular basis will stand us in good stead here at West Ham and more and more clean sheets will come from his presence in goal. That will obviously help us to secure more victories while Robert is out."

Almunia becomes West Ham's 13th signing since the arrival of manager Allardyce in June, following Abdoulaye Faye, Kevin Nolan, Joey O'Brien, Matt Taylor, George McCartney, John Carew, Sam Baldock, Brian Montenegro, Papa Bouba Diop, David Bentley, Guy Demel and Arsenal team-mate Henri Lansbury in joining the club.

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