Arsenal’s out-of-favour goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has been left unsure about his future at both Arsenal and his current loan club West Ham, after current boss Sam Allardyce claimed he would delay any decision made on a new deal for the Spaniard.
Almunia joined the Hammer in an emergency loan deal on September 30 this year, after finding himself the third choice Gunners goalkeeper behind Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny.
Almunia decided his future remained elsewhere after being omitted from the squad to face Shrewsbury town on September 20, with 19-year-old Argentine Damian Martinez being selected in reserve ahead of his 34-year-old teammate.
West Ham acted promptly to bring Almunia to the club, after first choice keeper Robert Green underwent knee surgery that would rule him out for six weeks.
However, with Green’s recovery currently on schedule, Allardyce has insisted he is yet to make a decision about whether or not Almunia’s services will be retained once his current loan deal expires.
"Rob is recovering well," said Allardyce.
“We will see how he is doing before we decide on whether to extend Manuel's stay from Arsenal.”
Should West Ham decide not to keep the Spaniard at the club, he would almost certainly be left searching for a new club, given the recent impressive form shown by youngster Szczesny.
“I want to play as many games as I can for West Ham,” Almunia recently revealed. “I want to do well for the manager and the club, and we will see if I extend my loan.”