Almunia on loan to West ham

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, who made 175 appearances for for the Gunners since joining in 2004,...

Arsenal's Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. Picture: AFP

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, who made 175 appearances for for the Gunners since joining in 2004, had fallen behind Polish keepers Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski in the pecking order.

The 34-year-old Spaniard, whose seven years at Arsenal have combined moments of brilliance with occasional blunders, joined West Ham after first-choice keeper Robert Green was ruled out for around six weeks with a knee injury.

"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," West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said on the club's website.

"We hope that the huge amount of experience he had at Arsenal and the football he played on a regular basis would help West Ham. We hope for him to achieve more clean sheets with us."

Almunia is set to make his West Ham debut against Crystal Palace on Saturday.