West Ham sign Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia on loan

Manuel Almunia
Almunia joined Arsenal from Spanish side Celta Vigo in 2004

West Ham United have signed Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia on a one-month emergency loan after Robert Green was ruled out for around six weeks.

The 34-year-old Spaniard has joined in time for Saturday's Championship trip to London rivals Crystal Palace.

England international Green will be out of action while recovering from a knee cartilage injury.

Almunia, who has played 175 games for Arsenal, is yet to make an appearance this season.

The former Recreativo and Celta Vigo keeper, who also had a loan spell at Albacete, has lost his place at Emirates Stadium to Polish youngster Wojciech Szczesny.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce told West Ham TV: "We've been hot on the phone and secured an excellent signing in the short-term in Manuel.

"It's a big thank you again to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal for allowing us to get such a high-class and experienced goalkeeper to fill in for Robert."

Almunia joins fellow Arsenal team-mate on loan at Upton Park.

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