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Almunia's future hanging in balance

Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has said he would reluctantly consider his Arsenal future if boss Arsene Wenger signs another senior goalkeeper before the transfer deadline.

Almunia is currently Wenger's first choice between the posts, although that status has been undermined by the club's interest in Fulham's Mark Schwarzer while Manchester City's Shay Given has also been linked to the Gunners.

Spaniard Almunia, 33, has made over 100 appearances since joining Arsenal in 2004 and captained the team in the 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Sunday.

Almunia is keen to remain in north London, but admits should another goalkeeper arrive at the club then he would reassess his options.

"If somebody comes in, I will have to talk about my future at Arsenal. That is it. I cannot talk now, because the talking would be for nothing," he said.

Almunia said he was unlikely to remain in England should he opt to move on, while also claiming a return to his homeland would be problematic.

"I don't see anything else outside of Arsenal," he added.

"It will be very difficult to play for another team in England if it wasn't Arsenal. Spain would also be difficult.

"But I am 33 years old and only have a few more years left in football. I would like to enjoy them. I am a keeper who enjoys playing."

Palermo have dropped their interest in signing Anton Ferdinand on loan from Sunderland. The defender, who cost £6 million from West Ham United two years ago, has not been given a squad number this season. "He is a physically strong defender that we like, but we decided to give up because we don't need another central defender," Walter Sabatini, the Italian club's sporting director, said.