Not much going on with Arsenal this week, just a case of who will come back and join Rosicky. We have sixteen call up’s is it possible they all come back unwounded?
Peter Shilton said yesterday that he wouldn’t want Almunia to play for England because we had a tradition of great English goalkeepers and it would be a shame to have to resort to importing one. He also said he was no better than what England have already got. haha You were joking right? Calamity James or Scott Carson.. England goalkeeping coach Clemence revealed an even stronger anti-Almunia view in October when he said: “I am sure Almunia would be happy to play for England, but he can’t get in the Spain squad, can he? There are not many spuds I like but I kind of like Paul Walsh for giving that Scouse (Skegness) tosser a black eye!!
Kelsey came up with this idea last week.. Who is Arsenals best option in goal?
To me that is not a straight forward question. This season, next season or long term?
It was highlighted again on Saturday with Almunia’s blunder that led to a penalty that to be honest, I thought was a little harsh. but if he had of caught the ball clean the ref would not have had to make any decision. . (although Manuel corrected his mistake this time!!) . Whilst on the subject of Saturday game The sweaty said that Harper had no chance when he was beaten by Nasri at the near post.. When it’s Almunia he should never be beaten that side. (Arsenal and the media again).
Almunia was the man who cut short his honeymoon and got straight on a plane to sign for Arsenal, then was happy to be Mad Jens understudy for 3 years. This doesn’t make him a better keeper but it does show his character and his commitment to us.
If Almunia was to be dropped how would he react now that he has had more than a taste of first team action, also it maybe harder for him to take if the promotion was from within, the apprentice taking over from the master so to speak. If we bought a keeper of the standing of Petr Cech I am sure it would be easier for him to digest.
Lehmann was dropped (cough injured) for making 2 obvious howlers against Fulham and Blackburn and I cannot recollect when Almunia has made any of that standard.
How good is Manuel? I like him, but seeing him every week it’s easy to be critical, I have seen Cech and Reina make mistakes every game I have watched them but in less than a quarter of the games I have seen Manuel in.
Now that I have influenced your views, let me have your opinions.
Out of interest here is a poll..
And a big happy birthday to a blogger who’s name starts with a “P” and ends with a “R” and has eachesgoone in the centre.. 😉