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Fabianski is not the reason for our defensive frailties


I just can’t stand how some soccer pundits have the audacity to constantly berate Arsenal for still persisting with Fabianski in goal. In his latest article for Eurosport,  ex Manchester United player Paul  Parker seems to suggest that our defensive frailties stems from our Polish goalkeeper.  Parker said, “any defense will struggle if they are not confident with the goalkeeper’s decision making.  In another show, Jason McAteer blamed Arsene for not going out to and splashing the cash for a big time goalkeeper.

I have categorically stated in my previous posts that I am not a big fan of Fabianski. However I believe, he is not the one to blame for the current state we are in. In fact, if not for his performances, we would have lost a whole host of other matches. No doubt he has had his calamitous past, but bar the Andy Carroll goal at the Emirates, I don’t think he has made another major blunder since he replaced Almunia as the new No 1.

For the pundits to go on and on about Fabianski is costing us points is not fair to the goalkeeper. I don’t see anyone putting the blame on Petr Cech for his performances this season when Chelsea is not doing well. Cech is undoubtedly a great keeper but his blunders this season has cost Chelsea points, with his most recent blunder coming at the weekend against Newcastle.

In fact, all the goalkeepers we have been linked to have cost their teams more points than Fabianski has for Arsenal. Remember Reina’s blunder in the opening game, or Mark Schwarzer  and Robert Green’s blunders in the early part of the season. Every goalkeeper is almost certain to make a mistake in any given season so we should not keep harping on Fabianski when he has done so well up to now.

Our defensive problems have been well documented and to put Fabianski as the scapegoat is totally unfair to him. The three centrebacks we have available at the moment still needs time to gel and especially for Squillaci and Koscielny, more time to get used to the league. It is just unfortunate that we are missing Vermaelen for so long. No doubt he would have made a difference in our defensive stance. In the meantime, we need to defend as a team so that even if one defender makes a mistake someone else is there for cover.

So a message to the pundits, get off our goalkeeper’s back!

Submitted by The Arsenal Kid



  1. samuel

    December 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    But i,ve been saying the very same thing for months now,so why the sudden change in opinion as Eboue,Clichy and Sagna are the main culprits in defence,lapses in concentration ,ball watching ?

    • JHeezy

      December 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm

      EBOUE CLICHY AND SAGNA are tha main culprits? You must be drunk. Sagna is our best defender(besides vermaelen) however clichy is somewhat a liability. Eboue on the other hand doesnt really start at fullback. Koscielny is a weak fuck. He reads the game perfectly but doesn’t have the body to accompany his brain and squillaci is too slow and lacks sifficient leadership qualities.

  2. nicoman

    December 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    At last people are waking up its not even the central defenders that are to blame . The culprits for the majority of goals we concede are denilson ,song ,clichy, and sagna . Any central defenders would be a nervous wreck playing with these guys. Whilst weve had our defensive problems these guys hace been constant but decent defnders such as campbel,toure,verminator,and squillaci have played with them and have been made to look culpable at times by these players incompetence.

  3. Sinbad

    December 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I read the Paul Parker piece and agree it was a load of bollocks. I also agree when people say it’s not our CBs who are the problem. I think Koscielny looks slow I have to say but our worst defender is without doubt Gael Clichy who can’t concentrate and makes stupid decisions. Denilson offers no protection but then he doesn’t do anything going forward either, he needs to go.

    Fabianski looks solid and I have to say Arsene was right. I just hope Almunia doesn’t get back into the team otherwise we’ll win sweet FA!

  4. rickygunners

    December 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    You guys wanna coach Arsenal FC?

  5. Dan

    December 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Fabianski looks solid??? Hahahaha

    Sure he hasn’t been a total embarrassment, as he usually is, but calling him “solid” is a departure from reality. The ‘keeper is simply not good enough for a club with our aspirations. We need a proper goalkeeper brought in and until we do, we will always fall short in the Premier and Champions Leagues.

    • Mike

      December 12, 2010 at 6:35 am

      Sounds like someone’s got a nasty case of head-up-ass syndrome.

      Other than the Carrol goal I challenge you to name a single mistake he’s made this season that could have cost us points.

      …what’s the matter? Cat got your tongue?

      The problem is not with Fabianski, its with all of you armchair pundits with bollocks for brains because every time you look at the lad all you see is his blunders from past seasons despite the fact that he never had a decent run of games until now. How can you even begin to hope of winning a Championship when you’re constantly doing nothing but looking into the past? And for that matter, who would you consider to be a “proper” keeper?

  6. Fab4

    December 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Fabianski gets a lot of stick, 99% of it is justified. He has certainly improved in recent games but he’s miles away from being the finished article. GK’s are judged on mistakes and Fabs has already made more mistakes than he should in an entire season.

    To win a league or champs league, we need a REAL No.1.

    But what he has in front of him isn’t much better. CB’s at the minute aren’t good enough, with the exception of Vermaelen. not enough protection from midfield. Why does Song suddenly think he’s the new Pele?!

    And full backs haven’t been up to scratch, especially Clichy.

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  8. Name

    December 5, 2010 at 8:17 am


    You said LF made more mistake than he should in an entire season? I’d love to hear you pointing out all of them, I only know of one mistake that lead to the goal vs Newcastle.

    Reina made waaay more mistake this season, vs Chamakh, vs some team in europa league, vs Argentina (horrible).

    Edwin VDS totally dropped his ball when claiming the
    cross vs West Brom giving them a free goal.

    I still see Cech flapping at crosses from time to time, counting those flaps, It’s easy to see Cech made more mistakes than Fabianski this season.

    Gomes make mistakes also, vs Nasri, vs Inter.

    Green and Mark schwarzer cant be excluded also. I seemed to remember Thomas Sorensen missing a cross that leads to a goal too.

    so tell me, how many mistakes can gk make? Are goalkeepers supposed to be the descendant from God?

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