• Premier League

Arsenal release Almunia and six others

ESPN staff
May 22, 2012
Manuel Almunia will leave Arsenal © PA Photos

Arsenal are to release seven players from their contracts this summer, including goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

Almunia, 35, signed for Arsenal from Celta Vigo in 2004 but has struggled for a consistent first-team role at the club since the switch, a cause not helped by a number of high-profile errors which led to criticism from some fans.

During the 2011-12 campaign he was loaned out to West Ham for a month, making four Championship appearances for the Hammers, before returning to Emirates Stadium.

Almunia failed to be called upon by manager Arsene Wenger following his comeback and will subsequently leave the club on June 30, when his current contract expires.

The shot-stopper, who made a total of 175 appearances for the Gunners, is joined by George Brislen-Hall, Gavin Hoyte, Sean McDermott, Rhys Murphy, James Campbell and Jeffrey Monakana in leaving Arsenal.

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