Villa to offer Arsenal 'keeper fresh start

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Manuel Almunia could be leaving Arsenal during the transfer window, but staying in the Premier League, with Aston Villa looking to give the Spaniard a chance to prove himself again.

A number of high profile errors cost Almunia his first team place and now Lukas Fabianski is Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper.

Villa's current number one, Brad Friedel, is 40 in May and is expected to retire in the distant future despite not missing a game since 2005 and with fellow veteren Andy Marshall the American's follow up, Houllier needs to invest in younger goalkeepers.

The 33-year-old hasn’t played since injuring his elbow in the home loss to West Brom last August.

Before Christmas, Houllier said Friedel's future would be decided in the New Year as he looks for a successor between the sticks.


Friedel has established himself as one of the top-flight's best keepers with a eight-year stay at Blackburn before his move to Villa in 2008 for a reported £2.5m.

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