Hard fought three points and a flattered Uruguayan shot stopper…..

Don’t want to carry on hanging and quartering those who didn’t perform to their best against Hull on Saturday, what’s the point really? All I want to remember from the Hull game is that we were not at our best, but we still came away with all the points.
How many times have we talked about Manchester United playing badly but still coming away from the game with three points? Too many to mention if I remember rightly!

All we did against Hull was to do what we have wished we would do on many previous occasions and that’s to grind out a result when the chips are down. That is exactly what we did on Saturday. Three points gained and move on I say…

Yesterday I read an article on Sky Sports news about a goalkeeper we are ‘supposed to be showing an interest in’
His name is Fernando Muslera who currently police’s the Lazio goal. He is said to be flattered by the interest shown by Arsenal and he hasn’t said he wants to stay put. What he does say though is that interest from Arsenal motivates him to play better.
Muslera, 23 years old, is off to the World Cup in the summer to represent Uruguay.

One to watch maybe???

Now this will see if people read the post, does anyone remember the last goal keeper we had on our books who was from Uruguay?

I maybe wrong but I think his name was Fabian Carini, we signed him on loan a few years ago now, he was 22yrs old at the time but already had forty caps for his country. He had been voted FIFA’s keeper of the World Youth Championship in 1999 when he was just nineteen years old and great things were expected of him.

At the time of signing Carini on loan, Wenger said he was delighted, he was the No2 at Juventus back then, second to the one and only Gianluigi Buffon.

That was back in 2002, the same summer that we signed Gilberto Silva, one made it with us, one didn’t. Shame really as any keeper who is second to Buffon must be good – but where is he now?

He is somewhere in Brazil playing football, he wanted too much money in his wage packet so Arsenal said no..

Buffon is still one of the best keepers in the world, looks like we got lucky by not signing his ‘No2’

Maybe the next Uruguayan if we sign him will be better? Who knows, but the Brazilian we did sign that year was pretty special, and I miss him…

My point is, if we are going to buy a new goal keeper, why take a chance on a ‘young prospect’? History says it doesn’t work out. If we want a goal keeper go out and get one who has already proved himself.

That’s it on another boring Monday morning – roll on the weekend…

128 Responses to Hard fought three points and a flattered Uruguayan shot stopper…..

  1. oskar says:

    I remember us wanting to buy Sebastian Viera from Villareal who is also from Uruguay

  2. rico says:

    morning oskar, this kid was in the door but wanted too much money – i remember that about viera, he was meant to good too wasn’t he – where is he now i wonder?

  3. daspecimen says:

    Sebastian Vieri didn’t move because of work permit issues i believe. hence him now being in Spain

  4. rico says:

    Morning das, welcome to Avenell Road, thanks for the update on SV

  5. Erick says:

    Morning all

  6. rico says:

    Morning Erick

  7. Erick says:

    I don’t see AW trying so hard to sign a keeper he already has 3 another on loan but that said we need quality between the sticks coz this season we have gifted the oppossition goals

  8. morning rico, afternoon erick
    i missed this yesterday
    prob cos i never check sky sports

  9. rico says:

    Sadly I don’t think we will sign a keeper either, it is a crazy though, we cant wait for Chesney and as said, so many goals have been gifted to the oppo..

    Almunia has got a bit better recently, but I don’t think he will ever be ‘world class’

    Morning rsd

  10. Erick says:

    Morning RSD you reckon AW will buy a keeper i still think 3 maximum for new player and 1 minimun that being Chamakakakaka 🙂

  11. chesney says when he comes back he’ll be no 1

  12. rico says:

    that won’t be too hard for him to get there rsd 😉

  13. Nasdrible says:

    AW wont buy a keeper we have a good one called sczeny that lad is better than 17 keepers in the epl

  14. Erick says:

    Vito should be given a chance next season that kid has great reflexes and is physic is owesome

  15. rico says:

    Morning Nas, good to see you here, most of feel the same about Chesney, but i just worry he is a bit too young for the PL.

    Vito is a tough call Erick, he had a great game against Fulham earlier in the season, and we haven’t lost with him in goal. I think he would have gone on loan if Fabianski had been fit

  16. Erick says:

    To be honest i have not seen Chesney but alot of positive vybe is being spread about him op he can walk the talk

  17. K-TR7 says:


  18. rico says:

    Chesney is doing great guns on loan, Brentford i think, must try and watch a game of theirs, but…. 😉

    Morning KTR7

  19. can all ways watch him on youtube
    i have the piece the beeb did on him few months ago somewhere
    “the pole in goal”

  20. Erick says:

    Rico guess i must try to catch him in action

  21. Erick says:

    RSD that would be great 🙂 🙂

  22. rico says:

    Erick, I couldn’t sit through 90 minutes of a Brentford game though 😉

    Forgot the youtube option, i think i will look at that…

  23. rico says:

    rsd, go for it 🙂

  24. do have and old goal mate whos a season ticket holder he reckon he’s the biz
    if ike can come in at 19 for real why cant chesney

  25. Erick says:

    RSD you are into golf he he he that a new one but don’t be the Tiger

  26. all the gear and no idea erick

  27. rico says:

    That’s convinced me rsd, he made some outstanding saves in that clip..

  28. rico says:

    Its possibly tougher where his is too

    thats it then, we don’t need a keeper in the summer, just a couple of CH’s and a HM 😉 Chamakh is already on his way

  29. new post rico 😉

  30. Erick says:

    I find it boring RSD 😦

  31. rico says:

    would you like to write one on chesney rsd??

  32. have you seen the new jimmy bullard head&shoulders advert yet

  33. rico says:

    You mean golf Erick, or my post’s 😉

  34. still catching up with the match report rico
    but would be an interesting one to right but would have to sit through a B’s match have done it before. they have the best cafe in london done there as well.
    oh so good

  35. Erick says:

    Golf Rico 🙂 am yet to submit my Piece Rico but this week i will send it Promise School work has been tite

  36. rico says:

    no worries rsd, just shout if ever you want to post..

  37. rico says:

    😆 Erick, no worries, anytime will be fab

  38. K-TR7 says:

    I caught up with barca vs valencia match,messi scored a hatrick with three fantastic goals,no tapins.watching him make a fool of valencia defence i wondered why AA never dominates defences that way with all the tools in his locker though messi is on a whole new level.madrid won 4-1 against valladolid with a higuain hatrick,two assists from cr9 while ronaldo himself scored a 30 yard freekick.

  39. you already got one in the bag form me tho is mostly revisionism
    actually have edited it will email you the new one is it ok in HTML do you get all the links and vids?

  40. that first goal of messi ktr7
    why does he need any other team mates

    henry played well as well did he get like 3 assist
    did think valencia would be that bad

  41. rico says:

    KTR7 – messi is pure class, hope we don’t get them in the CL draw on Friday..

  42. rico says:

    the email goes to ave rsd, i am no good with links, so will have to check ave can put them up.. i have drafted the previous one you sent, do i need to bin that one ??

  43. Danny says:

    Carini failed a medical

    I think

    Then went somewhere else on loan as a result

  44. aj says:

    Sebastian Viera didn’t join Arsenal because something showed up in his medical that concerned our physios. As far as I am aware, that was the only reason.

    Just as everybody has been bigging up Chesney, I think he dropped a couple of howlers at the weekend – he has been taking lessons from Almunia and Fabianski, perhaps.

    Why don’t we just go out and buy Loris, from Lyon. OK, he would cost a fair bit but the goalkeeper is the most important position on the field. He is French; that has to be a good start. He gets rave reviews every time he plays and Lyon are a club who will generally sell their best players, if the price is right.

  45. is just a draft have just made it more RSD-y
    you didn’t get the links thats annoying i’ll ask ave

  46. rico says:

    i expect he’ll be around later..

    sad about beckham being injured and not going to the world cup, theo will be pleased..

  47. K-TR7 says:

    The only advantage AA has over messi is being two footed.he is a really dangerous forward AA,when in the mood he can easily score hatricks like hull where he missed many chances.barca were pants in first half but improved massively in 2nd half upon henry’s introduction.henry looked lively and had 2 offside called wrongly against him.barca look much more fluid without ibra.AA has the ability to do that week in week out and in the past week he is showing signs of it,if he improves his finishing defences wouldn’t want to face him.Fab may be our talisman but AA&RVP are our aces;when they combine we are deadly in attack.

  48. rico says:

    hi aj and danny, welcome to avenell road –

    aj, we all want loris but do you think the club would pay the fee?? he would be a bit expensive, everything else though ticks all the afc boxes

  49. rico says:

    danny, i read it was because he asked for too much money, but baring in mind how his career went, mediacl failure seems as likely.

    KTR7, that’s what frustrates about AA, its when he is in the right mood, he gets paid and should always be ‘in the mood’, not just when it suits

  50. he would cost much as buffon

  51. K-TR7 says:

    Rico&rsd-if we were to draw barca,which lineup would you select to play at the camp nou?sad about becks,considering lennon is still out,things are looking up for theo.his first touch has improved,he is beating defenders and his final product is coming though AA and bendtner are not making it easy for him to bag assists.on the title race,we need to improve our goal difference considering how high it is for the chavs and the mancs.it will be sad to lose out on goal difference.Against west ham we have morzart,cesc and song back;i hope we can start then.

  52. rico says:

    Good question KTR7 –

    Eboue TV Gallas Clichy
    Rosicky Cesc Song Diaby
    Nik AA/Walcott

  53. rico says:

    the quarter final 1st leg is at the end of this month, i have a sneaky feeling we will get Munich, and the mancs will draw against the chavs..

  54. al
    sanga tv gallas clichy
    song diaby
    rosixty Cesc nikki AA

  55. are we gona cheer on the dippers tonight so they can get some form for weekend

  56. rico says:

    nah rsd, up pompey i say 😉

    We have 13 players on loan, incredible..

  57. K-TR7 says:

    Rico-eboue would be slaughtered at rb in the nou camp!sagna has to start.i guess rsd’s is about it.Munich rely too much on robben while they have a poor defence.i see barca and manu on our way to madrid.collymore has said nik will be world class while a week ago he tore him a new one.he should shut it.we had the’ macheda’moment at hull and eduardo moment at stoke,maybe its destiny and thats why fergie is worried.manu always has a strong runin but this year all our players are hitting form at the right time.happy days!

  58. rico says:

    I don’t think either teams we have listed would be AW choice, he will have Nasri in there somewhere, i know its stating the obvious, but Gallas could still be out and the way we get tackled we could have a few more injuries by then 😦

    i think two english clubs will meet in the quarters, fixed of course. i think it will be chavs v mancs to ensure last years final doesnt happen again.

    by the 2nd leg though Robin could be back, and JD of course. if we stay injury free we will have a strong squad for the last few weeks…

  59. rico says:

    Hull have sacked Brown 🙂 🙂

  60. rico says:

    I am so pleased his sacking was after a defeat to us!!

  61. really i hate the guy but the isn’t smart either

  62. rico says:

    i dont get your last rsd?

  63. rico says:

    Ah, do you mean Horton is no better? He was the twit who started all the cesc spitting allegation, another numpty!!

    Lets hope they go down now..

  64. rico says:

    Stuff to do, so catch up later…

  65. K-TR7 says:

    Hull gets sacked!hahahaha!i have loved bendtner since he scored the spuds with his first touch.rico-nasri is pants away from home,imagine how poor he would be surrounded by 90000 barca fans?morzart is a far superior player and is gaining form.he is more experienced in a pressure cooker environment.eboue would also be an option on the right late on in the game.sol would be exposed since barca are so fluid so i hope we don’t draw them.i’d love to see barca vs chav/manc.rico&rsd:how do you reckon chelshit v inter will go?

  66. rico says:

    Just caught your comment KTR7

    I think AW will play Nasri, I wouldn’t for the reasons you give – he was pretty poop at the weekend..

    i think an inter win is on the cards, that would be nice wouldn’t it… could do with drogba picking up a little injury, not serious but enough to keep him out of 3 or 4 games… 😉

    Rosicky is one of my favs, he would be one of the first players on my team sheet

  67. right im of as well
    just not smart to sack him with 8 games left rico

  68. Erick says:

    RSD Chesney is really good

  69. Sid says:

    on the keeper note, akinfeev has constantly been linked with arsenal with nothing materialising.. i assume its because cska are asking for too much.. the other rated goalkeepers are ustari and asenjo..

  70. Coadsi says:

    good day all, Lloris has to be the keeper for me. see that fergie is at his old mind games again about arsenal having the easiest run in blah blah blah. one translation: Oi u so called weaker teams, kick the crap out of Arsenal and show them u r no pushovers.

  71. rico says:

    Hi Sid and coadsi

    we get linked with so many players Sid, if AW is going to spend some money this summer, i expect it will be before the WC to avoid inflated prices. saying that he may just hope who he is looking at has a bad WC and the price goes down 😉

    loris seems to be everyones favourite Coadsi, must get to see him in action..

  72. afternoon anything happening?

  73. K-TR7 says:

    Castrol rankings show as the 13th best player with cesc at 29 and diaby 30th.has AA been that good?Akinfeev for me is a tad overrated,lloris for me.he is outstanding!afternoon coadsi &sid.

  74. they also say sami Hyypiä is the second best defender in the world so enough said.

  75. K-TR7 says:

    Castrol also said sol has a speed of 22mph second to theo in england squad.it is good to have him around,i would start him in all away games over gallas.we look solid at the back with him;he has seen it all before,he will lead us to the promised land after wandering in the wilderness for five years.rico-in away cl games if rosicky is fit he should start ahead of nasri who crumbles;imagine 90000 barca fans whistling him?i love theo&AA as it is in those conditions they can stun the opposition out of the blue.

  76. 4pigs says:

    I watched that clip of Chesney – didn’t realise he was F605 tall!

    Oh… sorry – hello all

  77. 4pigs says:

    … and also, it also makes a change for the BBC to rave over one of our players!

  78. Erick says:

    4pig am with you some of the saves that kid makes are world class am sorry never seen Almunia pull any of those

  79. Erick says:

    Pardon me Evenin all

  80. JonJon says:

    did someone mention jimmy bullard????? 😉

  81. JonJon says:


    wat a wally

  82. JonJon says:


  83. did you see denilson got in espn team of the week

  84. rico says:

    Evening All 🙂 🙂

    Whats going down then

  85. rico says:

    Oh I know


  86. rico says:

    rsd, you need to post the comment you left on yesterdays post, just for JJ 😉

  87. JonJon says:

    crabby mchuffandpuff got in team of the week??


    who else got in…??


  88. JonJon says:


  89. JonJon says:


  90. JonJon says:


  91. K-TR7 says:

    Who else got in team of the week?

  92. JonJon says:


  93. K-TR7 says:

    Teams up north will have to bully sol before trying to rough up our flying midgets since fergie will tell his old boys to do that.watching messi make a fool made me realise AA must STEP UP!Against well organised defences he and nasri will have to dribble/shoot on sight.we looked toothless against the chavs and a touch of brilliance is what we need since to be the best you have to beat the best.pundits are slowly changing their opinions on our club,maybe just maybe…

  94. boateng?

    ESPN Soccernet: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=755687&sec=england&root=england&cc=4716

    GK: Craig Gordon (Sunderland)
    DEF: John Mensah (Sunderland)
    DEF: Alex (Chelsea)
    DEF: James Collins (Aston Villa)
    MID: Fabrice Muamba (Bolton
    MID: Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
    MID: Denilson (Arsenal)
    MID: Florent Malouda (Chelsea)
    ST: Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
    ST: Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)
    ST: Roman Pavlyuchenko (Tottenham)

  95. rico says:

    rsd, Alex is the one chav i would love to see in an arsenal shirt…

    sorry 4pigs, i didnt see you earlier, evening to you…

  96. JonJon says:

    apart from the strikeforce that team would get relegated

  97. rico says:

    sorry rsd, i cannot for the life of me see how denilson got in the team of the week – it blows all logic to pieces…

  98. K-TR7 says:

    That team would struggle!

  99. rico says:

    KTR7, I’m with JJ, take out the strikers and I rate Alex, but after that just not good enough to survive in the epl..

  100. avenell says:

    Evening All..

    Shall I tell you what pisses me off ” Beckham”..

    I am not glad he is injured but..
    What about the club that he is contracted to?
    He stamped his feet to get a loan deal so he could play for England.. LA gave in and allowed it for a second year even though the money grabber signed a four year deal to save soccer in the USA (yeah right).

    He gets injured on loan and now he isn’t going to be fit for the team that pays his wages.. If he had of done that to us all hell would let loose.
    And not once has poor LA Galaxy been mentioned in the media.. or by Beckham or his agent or his website.

  101. JonJon says:

    his wages are huge too, ave…good point..

    hes shit now anyway..dont no wat the fuss is about..who gives a toss whether hes fit or not..

    id of saved that rant for a post mate..you’d have em biting all day..

  102. do really think they give a shit about if he plays or not it’s about shirt sales ave
    you reakon wilshere got a chance of a world cup place now he could do a job on left

  103. come on you reds errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  104. quality from she wore

    Bad sun tans , bleached teeth, northern stand up acts belong in the working mans club not the premiership



  105. denilson was absolutly invisable in that game
    have you read what they wrote about him bbut i guess its all about opinions.

  106. rico says:

    JJ, ave’s comment has gone, its kept for tomorrow ;

  107. Red army thank god let hope they spank utd in weekend

  108. rico says:

    JJ, re your 8.15, its kind of on tomorrow… 😉

    I’m handing over to the night shift and I’m saying nighty night

    Be safe all, see you tomorrow I hope

  109. avenell says:

    I didn’t say a word.. 😦

  110. Sid says:

    hello all sorry was out for dinner.. hmm true i forgot to mention lloris.. beats me how denilson got in to the team of the weak..

    rsd i did see the ‘pole in the goal’ was a pretty good piece and chesney looked pretty good. i dont get to watchan of the lower leaguesother than of the net, so cant really say much, but he is highly rated by the coaching staff and seems to be zoning in on that target on almunia’s back.. though inexperience and age might be a deciding factor.. hopes he’s the goods though.. its about time we got our own ike..

  111. ike took the no1 shirt at real at 20 so why not
    the video he looks the bis
    all saves he cant hold go away from danger
    he’s up quick for rebounds
    and his positioning and speed across his line is quality
    but then im only going from you tube and second hand knowledge

  112. Sid says:

    same here.. based on opinions and video footage.. he seems to have great attitude as well..

  113. best make up a song

  114. i guess that good nite from him

  115. rico says:


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