Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised goalkeeper Manuel Almunia after a summer of speculation.
The Gunners made no secret of the fact that they were searching for a new keeper during the transfer window, having two bids for Fulham's Mark Schwarzer turned down.
However, Wenger did not land his man, leaving him with the option of sticking with Spaniard Almunia, or turning to No.2 Lukasz Fabianski.
Arsenal have started the season well and Almunia, 33, has looked solid between the sticks, captaining the side in the opening Premier League clash with Liverpool.
Wenger praised the experienced shot-stopper for responding well after a difficult summer, and is pleased with his positive attitude.
"Manuel Almunia is in front at the moment because of his quality and the way he accepted what happened to him," he said.
"Since the start of the season the way he has responded to the challenge has been absolutely outstanding. That is why I give him my full support."
Arsenal ran riot in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening, winning their opening group game 6-0 at home to Portuguese runners-up Braga.
One player who has looked in fine form this term is 18-year-old Jack Wilshere, who has greatly benefitted from last season's loan spell at Bolton, and Wenger is pleased with the development of a number of players.
Wenger added: "I always wanted to develop the players I have. For example we have (Abou) Diaby, we have (Alex) Song, we have Denilson in this position, we have bought Aaron Ramsey - 18 years old - in this position, and now Jack Wilshere develops in this position.
"The problem when you develop a young team, for example we have Jack who was born in 1992 - 18 years old - is that if I don't make room for him he will go somewhere.
"People will say to me: 'Why did you let him go? Look at what a good player he is.'
"But if you don't play him (he will go) and that's the tricky situation of developing young players."
Arsenal have not got their hands on any silverware since winning the FA Cup in 2005 but Wenger is convinced that with Cesc Fabregas still onboard, the wait will not be much longer.
"It is time now for us to keep these players together and to develop them and to win," he remarked.
"Then we can say we have created something special with a style of play we wanted to create, that is unique, with the values that we want to put forward at the club, and as well with an expectation level to have a team together for a few years.
"That is why we were absolutely adamant to keep Fabregas as well because we have worked hard in the last five years to get this team together."