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Wenger to make goalkeeping announcement “after the World Cup”


By Fab4.

Arsene Wenger has said the club will make an announcement on the Arsenal goalkeeping situation after the World Cup. All Arsenal fans know of the high-profile and costly errors both Almunia and Fabianski made last season and it is widely expected that Wenger will bring in a new No.1 this summer.

The likes of Lloris, Green, Schwarzer, Enyeama, and Buffon to name a few have all been linked with with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks. But when speaking to Kenyan based newspaper The Standard, Wenger spoke about Almunia’s nerves in big matches leading to mistakes and said he would be making an announcement on the goalkeeping situation once the World Cup is over.

“Manuel Almunia Rivero is a talented goalkeeper. In training, he is superb, the only problem is that he gets nervous on big matches, thereby making silly mistakes.

“After the World Cup, we will be making an announcement on goalkeeping.”

Let’s just hope the announcement includes the unveiling of a reliable and experienced new goalkeeper! If Arsene decides to stick with dumb and dumber next year i might just kill myself.



  1. chebon

    July 8, 2010 at 10:24 am

    kenyan news paper standard

  2. JSP

    July 8, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Stop for one minute and think of the first 20 minutes verses Barcelona at The Emirates. If it wasn’t for Almunia that tie would have been dead and buried before most people took their seats. Personally I think with the support of the crowd Almunia will be a great goalkeeper. We had flashes of his brilliance that night and with the crowds help we will see more of it next season.

  3. lee

    July 8, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I fear I must notify the police of your intentions coz he’ll end up sticking with them!

  4. gooner91

    July 8, 2010 at 10:31 am

    yes this is true, but then consider what he did 2 mintues into the second half, one silly mistake and we were 1-0 down. or his mistake against birmingham which cost us 2 vital points. your right he does have flashes of brilliance but we need him to be more consistant. for every good save he makes, he then makes a silly mistake that usually costs us. i think half the problem is him and the defenders dont really have a good relationship on the pitch

  5. R32

    July 8, 2010 at 10:42 am


  6. JSP

    July 8, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Perhaps the back four exposed Almunia too many times! Law of averages everyone makes mistakes and being a goalkeeper they are magnified 100 times. No one notices if RvP makes the same amount of mistakes as they don’t lead to goals. Hopefully the new CB will help resolve these issues, but reading when he says it’s a step up in class and he has got to work hard……I’m not overly confident!!!

  7. mubeennoor

    July 8, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Wenger will not sign any goalkeeper coz he want to keep almunia as NO.1 and fabianski..
    but for me I think Manonne is also a good goalkeeper..
    we dont need another profesional keeper..

  8. Galtee gunner

    July 8, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I think Almunia did improve in recent years but he has never been fully convincing. He had a remarkable match vs Barca but I bet if we were to look back at the saves, a good share of the shots were probably hit straight at him. David James is prone to mistakes, big profile ones at that but at least he can come for crosses convincingly. Almunia has never done that consistently. I don’t think our team has confidence in our goal keepers and that is essential, especially for corners and set pieces. I don’t know what Wenger is going to announce after the world cup and why the delay before this “announcement” but I hope it is to unveil a world class keeper. BTW, I really wish he was back at the club now rather than spending a month in South Africa. This is his last throw of the dice in terms of transfers as I expect AW to be gone at the end of the season if we do not improve. Come on Arsene, inspire us with some major signings. Get the fans and players back believing. On a side issue, I feel we never capitalised on our successes by attracting top players when we were winning the Leagues 98, 2002, 2004. We were so good, winning trophies in such style, that any player in the world would have considered joining us. I think we did not make the most of it. We have lost that momentum and don’t have any where near the same appeal to World Cup players anymore.

  9. Stephanos

    July 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I think Almunia is total crap! He only had one and a half good games for us in THREE full seasons!! It was the 1st half against Barcelona only to destroy everything at the start of the 2nd half and the first leg semi in the champions league against utd only for him to concede ronaldo’s free kick from the half way line in the second leg. He cost us the league this season with blunders against utd home and away, birmingham, spurs. Last year we had a record of 50% of goals conceded to shots on goal! Every 2 shots on goal 1 is scored! Enough is enough! He had enough chances and support from both the manager and the fans!

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  11. Danny Boy

    July 10, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Almunia is a joke, 20 good minutes against Barcelona doesn’t excuse a catalogue of mistakes from the first day he walked through the door. Which team in the top half of the league woould swap keepers with Arsenal? None of them

  12. Idris

    July 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Arsenal go and buy enyema now asap

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