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The Great Walls Of Arsenal….


Written by armourysquare.

I had felt that we are missing something for the upcoming season, that we have something unmarked or rather unchecked in our “Check List.” Then, suddenly it all “clicked” and I found the missing piece of the puzzle.

I do not know what has been wrong with Mr. Wenger this summer. We have sold 3 defenders and brought in only 1. After Saturday’s show against Legia Warsaw, I seriously think we require at least 1 more defender, and 1 more goalkeeper. But in this post, I am going to be talking about the latter.

You know, our defensive crisis, pertaining only to defenders can still be solved in the short-term. For instance, if Tommy V is injured, we can bring in players like Song to fill in and Diaby or Denilson can take up the CDM role. I am quite vocal about this approach, but it can still be done. But, what are we going to do about the entire goal-keeping issue? You know, when I look at Manchester City, I say that there is not much difference between Goalie choice #1 and Goalie choice # 2 (I mean Joe Hart and Shay Given are both in the same league of top-class goalies).

Now, when you look at Arsenal, we certainly have the same condition. After 15 rounds of intense fighting, Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski end up giving each other a double K.O. So, we can’t even decide who is worse……Its a TIE!

I didn’t realise something, almost 3 months have past since the season ended. Why have the club not bought a decent goal-keeper yet? A good goal-keeper can even pep-up the defence, thus increasing it’s confidence. We conceded 41 goals last season. Technically speaking, each game we concede at least 1.08 goals per match. Now, I am not saying all these goals are the keepers fault, but they are  to blame for many.

I mean, look at Almunia against Manchester United, both at Old Trafford and the Emirates. He screwed up by giving away the penalty against Rooney, and he put the ball into his own net after Nani ripped through majority of our defence. Look at him in the Champions League against Barcelona. In the 1st half, he was on steroids….but in the second half, he decided to be his own self-again…charging to early, getting caught in no-mans land and watching the ball chipped over his abnormally large head….and it goes on. Recently,  in a crucial tie against Birmingham, in the dying minutes instead of catching the ball or punching it upwards, he put it into his own net…and that cost us badly in the title race.

His partner in crime, Robi….I mean “Flappy” is no different. FA cup semi-final against Chelsea, on his birthday, he charged early, giving Drogba enough time to “round-him” and give Chelsea the winning goal. Last season, against Porto, he gave the ball back, so that they could start and score against us, against Wigan, his flappers could not catch the ball, and we lost our lead. Against Blackburn he got thrown around here and there…we lost! Against Legia Warshaw, we concede the 2nd goal because of him. I mean it is a series of mistakes.

How much should you spend on decent goal-keeper? Igor Akinfeev has shown an interest to come to Arsenal. He is a top-class keeper, who has champions league experience-investing in him would not be a bad option. Mark Stekelenburg, for the Netherlands is also not a bad-choice. Infact, anybody who can seriously boost up the quality of our goalies will do. What do you think, should we stick to our old goalies, the “Dynamic-duo” or should the club invest in some new keepers? Feel free to post your comments.

Please Mr.Wenger, buy a keeper who can give us confidence and satisfy us that he is good enough to be the “Last Defender.” Because, in my opinion if we don’t change our keepers soon, we are probably going to contribute most of “Football’s Funniest Moments” on Youtube , in May 2011. And that, be it funny, is going to be very ‘painful’ and very ‘disturbing,’ to watch.




    August 9, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Wenger’s genius has put us on the world map,not forgetting the fabulous football we were lucky to the Berkhamp,Pires,Henry and Viera years. However fans over the past few years are beginning to have doubts about him.As much as I think he is the greatest thing to happen to our club in my lifetime,if he doesn’t rectify our goalkeeping problem,I for one would be happy for him to not renew his contract with us.


    August 9, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Lets face it, Wenger is now old and stupid.

    Just last Saturday, he said Fabianski can show us that he can be number 1. He started a game in which we conceded 5. I guess that showed, that he can be no. 1 – to get outside the door, not on loan but, to leave completely. He is a guy with an idea about goalkeeping but he is clearly not a goalkeeper!!!!!!.

    Wenger simply wants to prove he can win without listening to a voice of reason – mainly from fans- who have been following Arsenal long before he joined and who will still follow Arsenal long after he has left. He wants to prove “Arsene Knows” and all he will prove unless he changes some of his policies, bad ones especially is “Not Anymore”.

    Its been more than a month since Wenger became aware that on the coming weekend, we are facing Liverpool, a team with one of the Worlds most lethal attacker – Fernando Torres – and he is still not even decided on the centre back pairing and the goalkeeper.
    Miracles happen and Arsenal may win but i will feel terribly disappointed if Arsenal, the team I love wins without 2 crucial additions, a centre back and a goal keeper as, Wenger will go back to his dream world and start thinking “We have shown we can challenge”. And by November he will have been proven wrong and he will have nothing to do about it.

    I want Liverpool to win 7-0, because that is the true quality of Arsenal’s defense and it will be better showcased when the Window is still open!!!!!!!. And at least hope for once Wenger correctly blames his silly stubbornness and not innocent referees and tough tacklers who were just doing their job.

  3. mrniceguy_4u

    August 9, 2010 at 10:45 am

    friends …. i trust in young talent, n exposure, we hv good young Gk, if we brought in a new Gk, the youngs one will hurt, so rather then loosing the young talent might as well we give them exposure n let them play competitive games. be patient, our youngster will shine lets all prays this 2010/2011 is arsenal year. it is easy then said lets us just focus n support AW.

    • armourysquare

      August 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm


  4. azli

    August 9, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Spot on – Arsenal need a new goalkeeper and Central Defender, otherwise forgot about wining league title.

  5. Ed

    August 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    To mrniceguy:

    You guys keep saying that Arsenal have good young player but forgot the the fact that they grow old after each seasons….
    Fabianski is already 25 and Mannone is 22. Buffon make his big money move to Juve at the age of 23 and so do Cech move to Chelsea. Casillas is already undisputed first choice gk for madrid and spain.
    Manuel Neuer, only 23 is already wc semifinalist. Akinfeev has been CSKA Moscow 1st choice gk since 19.
    So what i want to say is Fabianski is simply no hope!!!

  6. Minal Vachheta

    August 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I trust AW and have a lot of respect for him, he is a genius and loves the game for what it is and not for the money.
    I can see why he uses the method of developing the youngsters into strong players, however with Fabianski this is not going to work. The guy is hopeless! If we use the method of giving him time to develop and become experienced then I’m afraid to say that by the time he is at the standards we need we will probably have been relegated!
    We need to get a keeper to be our no.1 Fabi and Almunia should not even be our no.s 4 and 5! I for one am happy to show them both the one way exit out of Emirates.

  7. Arsenal Future Manager

    August 10, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Arsene Wenger shud buy Shay Given n Vincent Kompany(the perfect partner for Vermaelen bcoz they are both Belgium national team mates)
    1st Team
    —————- Given ——————
    Sagna — V.Kompany — Vermaelen — Clichy —
    ——————— Song ——————————
    ——————————– Fabregas ——————-
    ———— Nasri ———————————
    V.Persie ———————————– Arshavin
    ——————— Chamakh ————————

    No1 – Shay Given
    Carling Cup – Szchney
    FA Cup – Mannone
    Back Up – Almunia Waiting 2 Be Sold
    Loan – Fabianski

    2nd Team
    —————- Mannone/Szchney ——————
    Eboue — Djorou/Nordtveit — Koscienly — Gibbs/Traore —
    ——————— Frimpong ——————————
    ——————————– Diaby/Denilson ——————-
    ———— Wilshere/Ramsey ———————————
    Walcot ———————————– Vela
    ——————— Bendtner ————————

  8. stu

    August 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    some people need to stop living in the past!!!!! wenger and gazidis have not done there jobs this summer so far – unless and i hope they have something in line and are waiting to confirm – a lot of transfers are a bit of a domino effect or when buying a house you have a chain of people to deal with us well. i hope that with news of o’neill leaving due to an offer for friedel has been accepted hopefully it is either arsenal buying friedel or we have schwarzer in place and fulham are waiting on friedel. whatever way it is i will be delighted if we get friedel or schwarzer in. both are better by a country mile and both would get us at least an extra 10 points instead of dropping 10 points with manuel the waiter and not so fab-ianski!

    forget about getting either hart or given on loan, man city would be crazy to loan out to a rival and they wont sell to us either unless arsenal offer 25 million.

    as we are not gonna have a new keeper by saturday i sadly want almunia to start, fabianksi has set himself as a target (look at the blackburn game) i would love to see szcenzcy play but i feel he is not ready yet, maybe if we were playin blackpool home 1st then like wigan after to give him a chance to build his confidence. having said this szcenzcy i believe has had more game time than almnuia during pre season???

    but if we are being honest wenger should have had a keeper signed up LAST SEASON!!!!

  9. DemzDimmyDemz

    August 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    i feel we do need a defender and a goalkeeper.. but its finding them.. you cant just say yh we need this and go out and get it. it takes time and alot or bargaining. this aint fantasy football.. yeah we need another defender and goalkeeper but we have four goalkeeper who are there already. yes we need a defender but who. i heard zazpata might be coming end of the week but we will wait and see

  10. Mohamed Zubairu

    August 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    In all honesty, we do need a goalkeeper. Wenger has so much faith in his team beyond what we sometime comprehend. Probably he knows something about them that we do not know. He has much more responsibilities to and at the club than all of us. He also has more stake at the club than all of us. Be that as it may, I want him to see that our emotional stake at the club is also valuable. Let him do a deal for a good goal keeper before the transfer window closes. At the worst, let us get Schwartzer for 4M pounds to double as player and coach, bringing out the best in both Manone and Scscezny. Another defender will be good for us too.
    As for those calling for the sack of Wenger or that he does not renew his contract, I consider them to be way, way over the top. I distance myself from them by a million miles because he remains the best thing that has happened to Arsenal ever – in my opinion. As we crave for new trophies, let us not forget our history and his contributions.

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