Almunia going great guns

LONDON - Arsene Wenger hailed Manuel Almunia for keeping Arsenal's English Premier League title challenge on track after a fortunate 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

LONDON - Arsene Wenger hailed Manuel Almunia for keeping Arsenal's English Premier League title challenge on track after a fortunate 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The Spanish goalkeeper brilliantly saved Robbie Keane's 71st-minute penalty with the game still delicately poised at 1-1 and Nicklas Bendtner's thunderous header - his first touch - ensured the Gunners stayed on top of the table.

Almunia has proved one of Arsenal's more unlikely heroes this season. He began the campaign as understudy to Jens Lehmann, but the German's error-prone performances saw him promoted and he has not disappointed. - Sapa-AFP

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