Watford signing Almunia confesses Arsenal frustration

Watford signing Manuel Almunia admits frustration over his time at Arsenal.

Watford signing Manuel Almunia admits frustration over his time at Arsenal.

Almunia last week joined Watford on a free transfer after eight years on the other side of the London Colney training ground fence at Arsenal.

“After Arsenal, I just wanted to go to a place where I feel wanted, respected and loved, and made to feel like a good goalkeeper again,” Almunia told the Sunday Mirror. “That’s what I have found at Watford.

“On my first day at ­Watford, the captain, John Eustace, came to me and said, ‘We needed a good goalkeeper and we are lucky you are here’. That made me feel proud and good about ­myself.

“As a person, I always felt loved and respected at Arsenal, but as a player it is different. When you don’t play you don’t feel wanted or loved and your self-belief goes down.

“Once you stop being with the team every weekend and travelling with the team, people forget you.”

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