Manuel Almunia did not harm his chances at all on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger has lauded Arsenal’s much-maligned Spaniard after a string of fine saves from him saved the game against Celtic.

The Arsenal boss is reportedly in the market for a new goalkeeper but he also claims to have not lost faith in his current goalkeeping options.

And despite praising Almunia and Fabianski for their displays over the weekend, Wenger is giving himself the time between now and the season opener against Liverpool to make a decision on who will be Arsenal’s No.1.

“He (Almunia) did well. We have two more weeks to decide what I will do. Overall we will play the player who I think deserves to play. It is competition in pre-season and you have to live with that.”

Another area of Arsenal’s game which is under scrutiny is centre-back, and the Frenchman admits his team is in desperate need of a new addition there.

“We still need a centre half of course. We are still short number wise. Just number wise. [We need] at least one.”

“Out we had enough players out – we lost a few players. In, ideally we still want one or two players.”

When questioned on the rumoured move for German defender Per Mertesacker, Wenger chose to remain tight-lipped because of price reasons.

“I would not like to come out on names because it raises the price straight away by 50 per cent.”

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