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Bye bye Almunia….hello Schwarzer

Manuel-Almunia Arsenal goalkeeper

Written by Fab4.

Manuel Almunia has claimed he would seek talks with Arsene Wenger about his future should Arsenal bring in a new No.1 this summer. Really Manu… that a promise?!

Everyone knows Arsenal need a reliable goalkeeper and despite what some Gooners think, Arsene Wenger knows this fact more than anyone. The problem is Arsene can’t break the habit of a life-time and push the boat out to sign someone, he always wants to get the very best deal possible and will wait until deadline day to make his move.

Now while you may say “what’s wrong with that?”, but it becomes a problem when we’re stuck with a player who is low on confidence as he knows his days at the club are numbered and we have to play important premier league games with an unreliable stopper.

Either Schwarzer or Given would be a huge improvement on our current crop, but given the fact Arsene has already stated his reluctance to deal with Man City (and the fact Schwarzer would be cheaper!), i think the most realistic choice will be the 37-year-old Aussie. Either way, i think you’ll see Almunia move on deadline day, most likely back to Spain with Arsenal snapping up Schwarzer for around £3m. Fabianski will then be back-up once more. (lets hope Schwarzer can stay fit!!!)

My only question is….WHY WAIT?!?!? We could easily get around £2-3m for Almunia so it’s not like we would be out of pocket, so just get the deal’s done this week Arsene.

Now i have no inside knowledge here, it’s just my opinion that Arsene will sell Almunia and sign Schwarzer. I have nothing against Manu, I’m sure he’s a great bloke and he is a decent keeper. The problem is he can’t handle the big games and is simply not up to being No.1 at a club like Arsenal.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen it already, here is what Almunia had to say:

“To be honest, it is so difficult to concentrate because Arsenal is a big club and speculation is always in the news and everywhere,” he said.

“The only thing I can do is keep working because I have a contract here and I have to do what the manager wants from me.

“I have not spoken to him. If somebody comes in, I will have to talk about my future at Arsenal. That is it.”

“I cannot talk now, because the talking would be for nothing,” he continued.

“I have to work and if one day I am not good for Arsenal, I will talk. That is no problem. I am very happy here.

“The only news I have is from third parties — people at the training ground. When I go out and when I come back from training, I switch off.

“I try to live in a bubble and give all my attention to my wife. Every morning when I go out training, it is the time to think about football. But the rest of the day is the time to switch off.

“It is not easy, though. Every time you go out, people are around you who are football fans. But you have to be polite to everybody and smile.”



  1. darkomega

    August 17, 2010 at 9:30 am

    How the hell is Wenger supposedly ‘reluctant to deal with man City’…didnt we sell them Toure and Adebayour?

    Didnt mind taking their money did he?

  2. Bryan

    August 17, 2010 at 9:57 am

    The question I’ll ask is why bother getting a keeper that is no better than Almunia.
    Schwarzer makes as many mistakes as Almunia, it is no coincedence that he has spent most his career at Boro & Fulham because he is just an average keeper. Personelly I’d prefer to stick with Almunia over Schwarzer anyday. We should be going out to get a world class keeper to replace him not more tosh

  3. joe

    August 17, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Shwarzer is 37, What is the point in signning a 37 year old, not to mention he is no better then Almunia, and we have reportedly already had a 4 million pound offer turned down, so hes more likely gona cost us around 5 or 6 million, hes probably got 1 or 2 seasons in him at most. and then what we gona do, have to go buy another keeper again, its frustrating when there is so many Top quality keepers out there who have long careers ahead of them, Like Stekelenberg, Akinfeev, Neuer, Eduardo, Romero etc, these are the keepers we should be signing, any of those keepers could come in to the Number 1 spot straight away and would be there for the long term, 5, 6 years plus. Even Shay Given, is much better keeper then shwarzer and 4 years younger. Bad business if we buy shwarzer.

  4. emi

    August 17, 2010 at 10:46 am

    hope the deal would happen..not because to give schwarzer no 1 keeper..but to give compettion for our see when lehmann at the club before almunia take new num 1 keeper???…is fabianski a good competitor to almunia???..i think not…almunia need a good competitor like schwarzer to get back to his best…almunia still need to get support by us arsenal fans..not to give pressure…schwarzer maybe can be in almunia situation right now if we give to much the conclusion…whether we buy or not thinking wisely.. this is all comes from our fault..the gunners fans

  5. Johno

    August 17, 2010 at 10:58 am

    It’s obvious that Arsene really believes Szczesny will be ready for the number 1 shirt in 2-3 years and has a lot of faith in him, hence the need to plug the gap in the short term with an experienced keeper in Schwarzer who would come relatively cheap as he’s only really got 3-4 years at the top left.

    Arsenal have only made one official bid for Schwarzer which was for £2m in May, the talk of £4m is just paper rubbish

  6. AGooner

    August 17, 2010 at 11:02 am

    idiot. Seen how old Van der Sar is? Schwarz has at least 2 maybe 3 seasons in him and he is definitely an improvement on Almunia. He is tall and has a real presence in goal which will give the backline alot more confidence. Not too mention he has been to 2 world cups with Australia and pulled of some unbelievable saves in big moments. He won us the shootout against Uruguay back in 2005 to make 06 world cup so he performs when it matters most. He will win us soe games this season, mark my words

  7. AGooner

    August 17, 2010 at 11:04 am

    How many world cups or big finals has Shay Given played in by the way?

  8. Loyalty no.1

    August 17, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Hey Joe u dummy are u even a supporter? If u were you’d know that we have woijech coming up through the ranks as a very talented keeper, that’s who will be replacing schwarzer when he retires. You may want to do you’re research on schwarzer then come back and make an intelligent comment. 4m for schwarer or probably around 20m for given hmmmmm tough one that.

  9. calvino

    August 17, 2010 at 11:29 am

    he has three to four seasons left in him, his main quality is his organisation and communication with the back line, and his claiming of crosses, something we are surely lacking, every keeper in the prem is a natural shot stopper, but its the other qualities arsenal are calling out for, there is no point splashing out millions and millions on a keeper when we have a young player waiting in the wings who has the potential to be our number one for years and years, while i agree there are better goalies out there, i think this one just comes down to the situation we are in, obviously wed all love wenger to go out and get hugo from lyon, but we all no it wont happen, so lets just count our chickens that hes actually looking for a goalie and aprreciate whoever we get.

  10. emi

    August 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    that because australian don’t have much good keeper…see spain much world class keeper they have…if casillas reina and valdes don’t exist in world football, almunia is there you know…

  11. Brent

    August 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Shay Given has been caped over 100 times for the republic of Ireland but he’s only 6′ 1″ and a good shot stopper at best (ame type of keeper as Almunia albeit better). These types of Goalkeepers are made for lower level teams that have players constantly get in behind their defence (but defender that are tall and big therefore capable of dealing with long balls and set plays). Arsenal and the other big teams have more mobile and positionally aware defenders who need a goalkeeper to come for crosses and command dead ball situations. This is where Shwarzer is much better than Given. He’s 6′ 5″ and a real presence at corners and on free kicks. Shwarzer is the right choice not Given.

  12. neil

    August 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    almunia > schawarzer end of. have u actually seen schwarzer play recently. he made a mistake against us last season, uefa cup final and several in the world cup the most shocking was when he came to catch the ball completly missed jugded it and the german guy headed it in.u really want that. if all the fan unite behind almunia he will be a better keeper. he is are best keeper at the moment so support him

  13. Bryan

    August 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    You can be the best goalkeeper in the world & not play in any world cups, depends on your nationality.
    & as for penalty shoot outs the keeper can only be the hero & never the villain. I have seen Shwarzer make loads of mistakes in the premier league oh & in a “big game” in the league cup final, he fumbled the ball into the net at his near post against Bolton. Shay Given is a hundred times better than Shwarzer.

  14. james

    August 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    i think it would be better to try and sign reina from liverpool as he is a much better goalie then schwarz or alumina. Come on arsne sign alot better goalies then rubbish one’s we got the cash so spend it

  15. raf

    August 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    schawarzer ,no good.

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