Watford keeper Almunia ready to face Arsenal pals in Premier League

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is confident of a Premier League return with Watford.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is confident of a Premier League return with Watford.

Today, in the Championship Play-Off Final against Crystal Palace, Almunia can lead the Hornets back into the Premier League to set up an emotional return next season to The Emirates.

“It is a bit weird,” said the 36-year-old. “There are only 50 metres between the two fences.

“Some days I shout over because I can hear the goalkeeping coaches Gerry Peyton and Tony Roberts.

“One day Gerry shouted back, ‘Manu come over here and train with us’.

“I message quite a few players but my close friend was Robin van Persie. But there are still nice people there.

“The best relationship I keep is with some of the staff, like the kitman Vic Akers and his son Paul.”

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