Almunia “Doesn’t need to convince anyone”

By on August 4, 2010

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Written By DBSFootball.

There are times when Arsenal fans thank God that they have Almunia as their goalkeeper. He sometimes makes some match winning saves that can keep Arsenal in a game, or help Arsenal to win a game. This, after all is a goalkeepers job. However, there are times when the opposition thanks God that Arsenal have Almunia in goal for he can be very uncertain and untrustworthy as he stands there, staring bitterly at his opposite number, wishing they could swap bodies as the ball is picked out of his net after another terrible blunder.
He said “I don’t need to convince anybody – I just do my job”.
I tend to agree with the latter, yes, he does do his job, and he can do it well; last season he played 36 times and kept 13 clean sheets. Nevertheless, I have trouble agreeing with the first part. I know a few Arsenal fans who may disagree. His blunders last season cost Arsenal a few games, and this is not what you look for in a goalkeeper. Of course, you can allow for a few mistakes – everyone makes them, but Almunia has probably made a few too many, and for that reason he really does need to prove himself. I think, if Arsene Wenger shows a huge amount of faith and sticks with Almunia next season, the Spaniard does need to convince his fans of his abilities and his consistency, because so far in his career, consistency has been what is lacking.
Rumours have circulated that Wenger is interested in bringing a new goalkeeper to London. With a £2 million bid for Mark Schwarzer being rejected, and rumours that German keeper Rene Adler is also wanted by Wenger, if one of the deals is completed, then Almunia will have something to prove.

What keeper, if any do you think Arsenal should buy to add some strength to their defence, and do you think Almunia has something to prove?

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6 Comments

  1. Laughing Stock

    August 4, 2010 at 11:20 am

    “I don’t need to convince anybody – I just do my job” your job is not good enough, so do one you numpty. Oh and take that polish clown with you!

  2. jena

    August 4, 2010 at 11:56 am

    He s shit. perios

  3. gimics

    August 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I hate to say this but honestry speaking he is not that bad, remember guys we were all happy when he took over from lehman, he has had a shit season tahts all and i believe he’ll do better this season, i still have faith in him.

  4. Zgooner

    August 4, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Almunia’s mind is much more clear than last season… he had to deal with a family tragedy, and perhaps he was hurt when the captaincy went to Fabregas… but personally, I don’t see him as a bad choice, and I believe he’d have a great season and win the fans back.

  5. Ashley Mann

    August 4, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    13 claen sheets in 36 games does not mean a thing when you are keeping goal for a club like Arsenal. There are clearly at least 13 games in their season against teams that they should be shutting out even without a keeper.

    What makes a great keeper – especially when playing for a ‘Top Four’ club – is the ability to pull out a match winning save in a huge game. Almunia has shown time and time again that he is not capable of this. In fact, in the big games he is prone to big mistakes. Even Wenger has siad that the big games make Almunia nervous.

    Yes he is a decent keeper, but we need better than that. Look at the competition: Van Der Sar, Given/Hart, Gomes/Cudicini, Reina, Friedel, Cech… Every one of them would walk into the No 1 shirt at the Grove. And to those who try to justify his selection by saying he is a good shot-stopper, yes he is… but he is a goalkeeper. Is that not the minimum we should expect of him?!

  6. kabbz

    August 20, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Sincerely, I liked him until I got used to his blunders…..he needs competition and at least someone to mentor him into full maturity of his career……..I’d use him for a number 2 or 3 coz seriously he has two sides…..he just needs to fad one more this season.

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