Almunia buoyed by praise
Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia admits he appreciates manager Arsene Wenger's recent positive comments.
Last Updated: 20/09/10 3:39pm
Manuel Almunia is happy with his start to the season and admits he appreciates Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's recent positive comments.
The Spanish goalkeeper's future at Arsenal appeared uncertain over the summer as Wenger tried to bring Fulham's Mark Schwarzer to Emirates Stadium.
Wenger was unable to agree a deal for Schwarzer and previously acknowledged that the situation had an unsettling effect on Almunia.
However, Wenger last week described Almunia's response to the challenge as 'absolutely outstanding' and the 33-year-old is pleased to have the backing of his manager.
"I am just trying to do my job for Arsenal, and am very happy," said Almunia.
"That is my only worry, to be well, to be focused and to feel comfortable on the pitch.
"I think I have started very well.
"I try to be away from comments, but it is good the boss speaks well about me and I appreciate it."
Meanwhile, Almunia has called on his Arsenal team-mates to display a 'killer instinct' after being denied a win at Sunderland on Saturday by Darren Bent's last-gasp equaliser.
"In the last second of the game, it is a big kick against us, but this is football," Almunia told Arsenal TV Online.
"Last season we won some games in the last few minutes, and this can happen in every game.
"Even though we were winning 1-0 with not much danger in our box, we needed to get another goal to make sure the three points would be for us.
"I think we have to be more focused in the final few metres and have to have a killer instinct [in front of goal]."