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Wenger: “He is a top class goalkeeper”


By Fab4.

Well Arsenal fans, it doesn’t seem like Arsene Wenger is ready to give up on the hopeless Lukasz Flapianski any time soon, judging by his latest comments.

Following another horror show by the Polish ‘stopper’ on Sunday during Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat to Wigan, that was not only embarrassing but ended our title challenge, Arsene has now come out to back his man and state that Flapianski is a ‘top-class’ keeper.

“He is a top-class goalkeeper. I repeat that many times and you will see that one day, I am right.”

Yes Arsene, ‘one day’ you may be right, i doubt it, but perhaps one day in the future he will be a top-class keeper but we needed NOW on Sunday, and he is certainly not a top-class goalkeeper right now.

Perhaps Wenger needs to distinguish the difference between being a great player, and being a great player one day.

The Arsenal manager does confess he worried that Fabianski would be mentally damaged after his errors in the champions league game against Porto.

“I think it would have had long-term consequences for Lukasz if we had gone out against Porto,” Wenger said. “Mental consequences, because he is a conscientious guy, very intelligent but, as well, sensitive.”

Wenger was also asked whether he felt Fabianski was too sensitive for the Premier League.

“No,” the manager replied. “You can turn sensitivity to an advantage because he can feel and see things that others don’t see but, as well, when you have guilt, it can be a disadvantage confidence-wise.”

I’m sure Fabianski is a very nice bloke, no doubt he shows all his skills in training and is a hard worker but at the end of the day, when it matters most, out on the football field, he has not produced the goods. He is clearly not up to it yet and his mistakes have cost Arsenal a shot at winning the premier league title. End of.

Either ship him out on loan for a year to build his confidence up, or sell him on and bring in a  new No1. Then offer Almunia his old No2 slot back, if he doesn’t like it…sell him as well and bring in another keeper as cover. I’m fed up of not having a reliable goalkeeper, and like i have said a hundred times…you don’t win anything without one.

Should Arsenal give Fabianski more time? Or bring in at least one more goalkeeper? Please leave your views below….



  1. AreyoukiddingWenger?!

    April 22, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Oh my God!!!…
    Denial Denial Denial!!!…
    Wenger cared more about this averages yongsters than the club… He dont give a fuck about the fans and the club!

    All he care is about his youth project!

  2. josh

    April 22, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Many would differ in opinion to that of Arsene Wenger on Free-bianski! When is that ‘one day’ going to happen? Meanwhile the whole team will try to outscore the goals this guy is going to let slip in! Free-bianski is rubbish, period!

  3. frankie frankie

    April 22, 2010 at 9:57 am

    He may well turn out to be a good goalkeeper but he’s crap one now. How many points and cups have him and almunia cost us? How many more mistakes do we have to see them make? wenger makes me laugh now every time he comes out says something like this. he keeps supporting rubbish players and for what? they have done nothing to support his claims. he says we have the spending power to compete with chelsea but will keep 2 losser goalies at the club next season. they sson they are gone the better.

  4. AB Sule

    April 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I think that Wenger should bring in a world class keeper from whom Fabiansky can understudy. He cannot learn anything from Almunia who is also struggling

  5. AB Sule

    April 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Yes, I agree with him that he is a good player but we need a world class keeper. It very painful that the club you so much support that due to stupid blunders on the part of our present goal keeping partners we lose game we should win. Almunia is not any better so we need to strenthened that department please!!

  6. FE Gooner

    April 22, 2010 at 10:21 am

    What do you expect Wenger to say? LB is a lousy keeper and we will ship him out as soon as we can?

    • Fab4

      April 22, 2010 at 10:31 am

      Why not say nothing?! Why does he always back someone when they perform badly?

      I know he thinks it helps to build their confidence back up, but on the other hand it can breed complacency. Constantly rewarding poor performance doesn’t help, when asked a question…Wenger should just say ‘he had a difficult game but i’m sure he will bounce back’. Not all this he’s a world class keeper rubbish.

  7. Leebo

    April 22, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Both must go, bring back Manninger I say!

  8. GazWhite

    April 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

    We couldn’t give Fabianski away. Arsene should bag Craig Gordon and convert Fabianski into a centre-half. Problem solved.

  9. Owen T.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Speaking about Almunia and Fabianski is a waste of time but can our cherished Wenger do us favour by simply relegating them to reserve team if he still wants to keep them two keepers.We need qualified and sound keepers for the child Almunia and fabianski have come to nurse died long ago.We will talk about right sided drible of Walcott,Bendtner’s inability to fit in after many chances, infact Bendtner was a minus in the last match and nothing was done to change him.He do not have the qualities of a top scorer.Please Wenger listen to voice of reason before more fans develop HBP.

  10. TonyDon

    April 22, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Ofcourse Wenger is going to back his keepper to give him confidence for the remaining games of the season. It is conter productive to slag him off when he is going to play on the weekend. The time to pass comment is during the summer.

    • Fab4

      April 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

      Like i said before, why not just say nothing at all, or aviod the question? Why the fake compliments? We all know Fab isn’t a world class or great goalkeeper, so what’s the point in saying it? Im not asking to slag him off, of course thats counter productive, but no point in trying to boost the guys confidence by lying to him!

  11. geo

    April 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

    He needs to go no loan, to play.
    Fabianski didn’t play for almast a full year.
    He needs more games.

  12. karach

    April 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Loan FABIANSK for 2 years

  13. iNcredulous

    April 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Who’d take Fabianski on loan? Grimsby reserves? Southend ladies?

  14. Matt

    April 22, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Fabianski World Class??!! I love you Mr Wenger but you are deluded on this one. I know you spend most of your time chatting up the forth official but you surely have witnessed the shocking decision Fabianski has made time and time again.

  15. somalian die hard fan

    April 22, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    I believe wenger has wronged us all with his rubbish ideology . He is more interested in proving people wrong than winning titles. Fabianski and almunia has cost us the Champions league and now the English league. Wenger should offload both of them, and when he puts them into the taxi he should make sure silvestre and cambell are with him. AND FOR HEAVEN SAKE, CAN SOMEONE SHUT ARSHAVIN UP.

  16. andy

    April 23, 2010 at 6:31 am

    wenger is just trying to be loyal and protect his young players but enough is enough and i think behind closed doors he knows it. Fabianski will be loaned out i think and bring back the other polish lad as no2 ( the good one ). Sell almunia, buy Hart.

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