No excuses Arsene….you failed to deliver yet again

By on September 1, 2010

Manuel-Almunia

Written by Fab4.

Well, that’s that then. Who’s surprised? Another transfer window slams shut and yet again millions of Gooners around the world are left deflated and wanting more.

It all started on the 27th March 2010, Birmingham away at St Andrews when Almunia threw away 2 vital points and with it Arsenal’s title hopes, when he palmed a routine save into his own net. I said at that point this summer was the most important in Arsene Wengers reign. The simple fact is you can’t win things without a top goalkeeper and a new No.1 had to be top priority in the summer transfer window.

Fabianski was given a few end of season games to prove he was the man to save Arsene some cash and was ready to be Arsenal’s main man between the sticks. He blew it and errors against Wigan and Blackburn showed everyone, including the boss, that he wasn’t up to the task. So a new goalkeeper was on the cards this summer.

The early signs were promising and it seemed that interest in Fulhams Mark Schwarzer meant the penny had finally dropped and Le Boss had realised what everyone else had known for 2 years.

Suddenly Cesc-gate took over and Arsene had to shift his priority to convincing his captain to stay put. Then we lost four centre backs meaning we had to go and find replacements, on top of this there was a World Cup where Arsene took a month off to work as a commentator for Castrol. But surely he would still have time to tie up a relatively simple purchase of a 37-year-old from just down the road in Fulham?

As the speculation grew Arsenal were linked with pretty much every goalkeeper on the planet but the Schwarzer rumours wouldn’t go away and chairman Peter Hill-Wood confirmed we had submitted a bid for the Aussie. YES! Finally we had confirmation we were after a goalkeeper. Schwarzer came out and expressed his desire to leave Fulham and join Arsenal to have one last crack at the big time. It was only a matter of time now before we had our man.

Suddenly things went quiet and transfer deadline day arrived. I, like many Arsenal fans, was 100% confident Wenger would sign a goalkeeper and 99% sure it would be Schwarzer. Shay Given was meant to be heading to the Cottage to replace the Arsenal-bound Schwarzer but mid-way through the day City confirmed Given was staying and in the end this proved to be a devastating blow to Arsenal’s pursuit of Schwarzer.

Big Ben sounded and time was up. Mark Hughes came out and showed his delight that Schwarzer had stayed and then shocked everyone by claiming Arsenal hadn’t even been in touch on deadline day regarding their goalkeeper. So in the end, Arsene didn’t even pick up the phone and try to sign Schwarzer. He was probably sitting in his office starring at the accounts and smiling at another successful transfer window of spending as little as possible.

We are now left with a goalkeeper in Almunia who knows his manager has lost faith in him. How can we expect him to perform under these circumstances? Our No.2 Fabianski is not ready to be first choice, he may be talented but he has shown time and time again he’s not up to it, so where do we go from here?

It’s nothing short of a disgrace, that a club like Arsenal couldn’t sign a player in 3 months. Arsene Wenger has known for over 3 months now, if not longer, that he had to sign a goalkeeper yet here we are with the window closed and no new No.1.

How many Gooners are happy with Arsenal’s transfer business this summer? The biggest positive was obviously Cesc staying, but what’s the point in that when we don’t have a goalkeeper who can lead us to a title or trophy? I would rather have sold Fabregas and used the £50m to buy a world class GK (Lloris and Buffon were available), a replacement CM (Ozil, Van Der Vaart or Arteta maybe) and a proper CB (Mertesacker, Subotic, or Zapata would have been good). Right now, who else would have sacrificed Fabregas if it meant we got Lloris, Ozil and Mertesacker in return. We could have done that and still had money to spare!

Instead we have Fabregas, but he’s playing alongside a goalkeeper who can’t get near his national team squad and is proven to be a liability. A new centre back in Squillaci who can’t get in his national team ahead of Gallas, a player we just let go to our rivals for nothing, and another centre back who has only played one year at the top level of French football! It’s almost laughable.

I’m not making snap judgements on Koscielny and Squillaci, I’m just giving the facts. To be honest, i hope Squillaci is ready to dive straight in because Kos doesn’t look like he’s ready just yet. But it’s all going to be irrelevant anyway, because Wenger has failed to address the major issue and come what may it will have once again cost us.

I will still support Arsenal, i will still be unbearable to live with after we get beaten by Chelsea and Man Utd at the Emirates again this year, and i will still be gutted when we end the season trophy-less. But for me, Arsene Wenger has let the club down, many of the players down, and most importantly the fans down. I fully respect everything he has done for the club in his 14 years and i’m sure Arsenal wouldn’t be half the side without him, but i have supported Arsenal far longer than Arsene Wengers reign, and i can see as well as anybody he has his faults. Failing to sign a goalkeeper this summer is one of his worst decisions ever.

How can we blame players for wanting to leave? Our club has no ambition anymore and the fact that we were pissing about for a deal to sign a 37-year-old for around £2-£4m shows it. If Arsene wanted him so badly why not just put in the £4m bid 2 weeks ago, so Fulham had time to find a replacement, and we wouldn’t be in this mess. It’s pathetic.

I honestly fell for all Arsene’s rubbish this time. We all know the story, at the end of the season he says he knows where we need strengthening, he’s identified his targets and wants to get the transfers done quickly. Then f-all comes of it. But this time i thought he was finally ready to spend the money we keep hearing about and on the players we needed in order to make us a real threat again. More fool me, it won’t happen again.

Simple facts: Arsene wanted to buy a keeper – we had the money – keepers were available to buy – he had 3 months to do it – he failed to deliver

Another transfer window full of broken promises.

Rant over.

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31 Comments

  1. big mal

    September 1, 2010 at 9:21 am

    i just dont see jose or alex or even harry trying to get someone with a minimum bid and a luncheon voucher….the man is 37 years old so give them an offer they cant refuse. if they do move on. he is such a scrooge

  2. bjorn

    September 1, 2010 at 9:24 am

    so true, u ranted the exact same thoughts i had. god knows what Wenger has in his mind as the clock ticks. love the big on him similing over balance sheet. what, he had 45M pounds to spend this season and cld only bring in 2 half-baked centre backs when that cld have bought Ozil and Khedira??? (tho Song’s doing a decent job). least he cld do was spend all those money, convince Cesc gg back to Barca this season aint a good idea and give the title a good crack at least!

    darn, cant bear to watch this season..

  3. Kofi

    September 1, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Tired of such comments. Blame Hughes you wenger hater

  4. Andrew

    September 1, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Stop your moaning and support your player
    If you cheer him then he gets extra confidence if you boo him then his confidence drops so you are the difference between winning and losing
    BE an Arsenal fan and get behind your team

  5. Dissapointed

    September 1, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Yeah, as a fan, i’m really too frustrated and dissapointed… We want titles and trophies not just stupid profit for the club. And the price is just £4m not £14m or even £40m, i hope they can still survive till january and get another cb and schwarzer by that time…

  6. aravindvr

    September 1, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Stop Cribbing like a fool…
    How many times did u support Manuel Amunia?…
    U ppl have failed to cheer our players in times of blips…

    And u say u r a loyal Fan???

    You have fallen in the trap of mainstream media controlled by former Spud Manure Chelski and Shitty players….

    They criticise our players after few errors, they watn our club down….people like u create havoc after hearing these and the players suffer….

    “Manuel our Man will do a Seaman”

    rem Jens Lehmann replaced Oliver kahn
    and Almunia replaced Jens Lehmann…

    Thers no doubt in quality…
    Galls was the error…and we offloaded tht bag to spuds…

    Get behind and support Gunners….or get lost supporting some other third rate business teams,,,

    Come on Almunia-Shut these fools’ mouth…

  7. Ked

    September 1, 2010 at 9:31 am

    yeah! we are all disappointed. But let us wait and see what he(the boss) is going to do and say.

  8. kenyan

    September 1, 2010 at 9:36 am

    You either support the players in arsenal or you stop being an arsenal fan altogether, tired of the hating bullshit

    • Fab4

      September 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm

      haha, so i have to think every single Arsenal player is the bogs bollocks to be an Arsenal fan?

      I can’t think one of them isn’t good enough, even though he has proven he isn’t for years? Even his boss tried to replace him. So the argument isn’t whether Almunia is good enough or not, it’s that Wenger has created an unmanageable situation for himself by failing to sign a player he bid for. Now Almunia is low on confidence and can hardly be expected to be on top form now.

      Simple.

  9. Marvin

    September 1, 2010 at 9:40 am

    God bless you Fab4…You’ve said it all… Arsene Wengers obsolette econometrics has been the barrier between the club and silverware…At least, now we know that Arsene Knows Not…..It’s a shame that right now, the only Arsenal lovers whom are happy are the bunch of shylock shareholders. May God help us this term….Amen.

  10. John

    September 1, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Wenger has to do transfers in the real world, not some football computer game or the rumours world from the gutter press. Had there been a proven world class keeper available, who wanted to come to London, from a club which wanted to sell to Arsenal, no doubt Wenger would have got him. Schwarzer was only ever going to be the back up keeper to replace Fabianski, he really isn’t the world class keeper we need, not is he better than Almunia.

  11. JoeB

    September 1, 2010 at 9:51 am

    The only broken promises are the ones YOU, a hack journalist made up to suit your agenda.

    • Fab4

      September 1, 2010 at 6:13 pm

      Yeah thats right, blame everyone else bar the manager.

      I gave you the simple facts in the article. The boss identified Almunia as not good enough before the end of last season and went for Schwarzer by bidding twice for him. That is a FACT confirmed by Arsenal’s chairman. Where is the ‘agenda’ there?

  12. PTangYangKipperBang

    September 1, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Rubbish article. Just negative crap. “I would rather we sold Cesc and bought Lloris”. Do me a favour. Like a lot of things in a world class squad it is a fine balancing act. Thats why AW is particular about which player he buys. Almunia is a good keeper. If the defence around him is stronger he will post stats aroundabout those of his peers. Thats where we are better in the defence and Al will benefit. Like S Robson and Merse said Schwarzer aint no better than Almunia. He was great at Blackburn and that was the biggest test of that sort of bombardment we will face this year. Support your team because even without a new GK we can prevail this year.

  13. Wombledin

    September 1, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Great article and spot on. Wenger’s timid and gutless in the market and now it seems he only buys Frenchies. What is even more bizarre is Fawlty keeps getting the captains armband. Poor deluded gooners keep saying “in Wenger we trust”.

  14. Aus gunner

    September 1, 2010 at 10:17 am

    U shouldn’t use the name FAB4 you don’t have to support arsenal . Allways wanted to know what you do for living . You are so nagetive f**k . And don’t Speaks for the real Arsenal fans ,cause you are not one of them .why don’t you pack up and support mansmoney they will make you happy .

  15. Shill

    September 1, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Boring zzzzzz

  16. elkieno

    September 1, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Wow 2 sites I have been to where the article is roasting AW…
    I can understand if your angry, but swallow it and dont let other clubs fans know you feel that way. especially the tiny tots they love it and jump on to make it worse…
    they will know your scared and think we all are….
    have some faith…

  17. Brian Horton

    September 1, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Hav to agree we should have let Fabregas go and spent the money on lloris, Ozil and Mertesacker. Now we are stuck we those two idiots Almunia and Fabianski they wouldnt even get in the Blackpool team. We will have another season without a trophy and could easily miss out on the top 4. And then next summer Fabrgas will be gone to Barcalona. Wenger needs to make up his mind is he Arsenal manager or the Arsenal accountant.

  18. lol

    September 1, 2010 at 11:08 am

    i would rather we sold fabregas and bought loris haha

    oh my u nut job.

    • Fab4

      September 1, 2010 at 6:14 pm

      Can you read? i said i would rather have sold Fabs if it meant we bought lloris, Ozil AND Mertesacker because we would have been a better TEAM for it.

  19. Goonersprotector

    September 1, 2010 at 11:40 am

    You thought Wenger have the money but I doubt so. AS said we should also question Gazidis as he is the CEO.

  20. Shango Gunner

    September 1, 2010 at 11:51 am

    It’s really interesting the way everyone is criticising FAB4. It’d be interesting to find out how many Arsenal fans voiced out their support for Almunia when rumours of a new goalkeeper started circulating.I disagree with FAB4 about Koscielny and Squillaci cos they will be excellent for us at the back. The rebuilding of our defence was almost completed until we failed to sign a new goalkeeper.Manuel Almunia to be honest,has had enough chances to prove himself but sadly he’s always fallen short.I really do hope that with a new-look central defence patnership he regains some confidence and proves me wrong cos I still think he’s just not good enough.

  21. Robbo

    September 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Brilliant piece says it all. I am fed up of all the other bits today say “stop moaning” supoort your team!” etc. You hit the nail on the head.

    In any other company you would be sacked for failure to do your job properly. Fans short changed again.

    Wengers time has passed.

  22. nairobi gooner

    September 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Well just because you cheer a donkey doesnt mean he is going to become a prize horse. Lets just accept that almunia is nothing but an average keeper and not one who is going to win you championships

  23. Jk

    September 2, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Rubbish article. But I suppose I’m “not a real fan” for thinking this?

  24. col

    September 2, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Money is tight,the board are nervously looking over their shoulders Kroenke is hovering and any sort of financial crisis will lead to a takeover.Wenger can only spend what the board allows.If Kroenke takes over it will make the Glazers at United and the cowboys at Liverpool look like quality ,caring owners.It is directly linked to this that Wenger is scared to spend to much money if the club drops out of top 4 they may never recover and are no longer designed to cope in non champs league football due to debts and expenses.Kroenke is a real and present danger.

  25. john bob

    September 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    i think except for the goalkeeping area now, we r OK. we should go for some better goalkeeper like lloris which could solve our goalkeeping problem in long term n nt buy a old schwarzer to ‘get pass’ for 1 season n start to headached again. hopefuly wenger will sign lloris soon!

  26. jimmy

    September 3, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I have watch the fulham man – Schwarzer is it? – I am not convinced he is much better than Almunia, I am also convinced that Fabianski will come good.

    Our defence needs to give more cover to the keeper.

    The Media will always jump on something negative about Arsenal…

  27. Gunner72

    September 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I doubt any of us know the marked better than Wenger and his staff? Old Schwarzer is not much better if at all better than Almunia. Fabianski is not good enough and does not look like quality. Almunia have saved Gallas looking like a fool many times. All keepers do horrible mistakes. Name one world class keeper that have not done this several times. Almunia lack a solid defense like most top teams have today with options.
    We have trouble with our defense and left back. Clichy is not good enough sa full back. He is better as a winger( even with his crap crosses). I think Gibbs is a better option. Gallas is gone and that will fix some of our def problems by adding a more intelligent player like Koscielny. Hopefully Squillaci will add more options at the back (dont know much about this guy yet)

  28. kisekka

    September 21, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I really i agree with you. And the problem is wenger is trying to turn arsenal into afrench team.
    But, to me i have given him this season. Faliar, to achieve any thing, i will hung him.

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