Blackburn, Transfers and Goalkeepers

September 1, 2010 by   Filed under: Arsenal FC, Premier League, Transfers

I have missed my match review completely, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet as I want to embark on other subjects as we all know the transfer windows was firmly shut at 18:00 UK time yesterday. The Blackburn game on Saturday was a very tough away fixture especially when we play any of Fat Sam’s teams we always seem to struggle and loose vital points. The lads did me proud in every way, yes we seemed very nervous in the first half, we knew what happened there last season so perhaps we were too cautious to begin with.

Blackburn did put the pressure on with their towel throw-ins and keeper directed corners but we defended well and to me Almunia had a very decent game, let’s hope he can use it to boost his confidence even further. In the 20thminute Arshavin found Van Persie in the middle who with a lovely through ball fed running Theo on the right wing who slotted the ball past Robinson into the far post. Few minutes later Koscielny got caught cold, Diouf took advantage of our new CB and muscled him out the way brought the ball to the by-line and with a nice pass found his team mate Mame Diouf who slotted into an empty net. He will need to make sure this doesn’t happen again, it was a rather cheap goal to give away. Another blow came few minutes later as Robin Van Persie got injured yet again, received his first treatment but with his second there was no way back for him into this game, he was replaced with Chamakh.

It looked apparent that Arsene had a good team talk at half time as Arsenal came back to life and searched for the winning goal. It certainly didn’t take too long, in the 6thminute Bacary Sanga galloped down the right flank crossed the ball into the box. The ball found Fabreags who fired a shot straight at Theo in the six yard box, luckily Arshavin got on a rebound picked his spot and buried the ball through a rather congested area. The rest is history now, there were some nervy moments towards the end but we stood our ground and made sure three points were secure in the bag. It was good revenge for what we suffered there last season and a well deserved win.

With the transfer window now shut there is a great deal of negativity amongst us Gooners at least in the blog sphere, most blogs have expressed disappointment that Le Boss did not stregthen the squad with a world class goalkeeper and a cover for Alex Song in the DM position. To me this comes as no suprise, we have now four goalkeepers on the books, bringing one in would mean letting someone go. Perhaps all the hype about Schwarzer was just a mind game to give Almunia a kick in the bollocks and show him he needs to fight for that number one place, everyone is scared at the thought of Fabianski in goal but this guy is still very young for a keeper and will learn going forward. This brings me to a point raised by many that none of our keepers have had the support they really deserved and felt like the fans are behind them all the way, we have what we have and we need to get behind them I say.

In my eyes Schwarzer is no better than Almunia, we all saw his blunder at the Emirates against Fulham last season, also I do however remember the game against Barca at home and if it wasn’t for Almunia we would have nothing to play for in the second leg. Either way I will sing his name, cheer him on and get behind him all the way, the same goes for Fabianski, perhaps that will give them the confidence they need.



One Comment on "Blackburn, Transfers and Goalkeepers"

  1. Suhaimee on Sun, 20th Dec 2015 1:58 am 

    Almunia saves the shots you expect him to save (90% of the time).He alyaws concedes the ones you expect him to.I’ve never seen him save something beyond something that an above-average keeper should save.Never a Seaman vs PeskySolidOh (Stoke), Lehman vs Raul (Madrid).A good goalkeeper will help you to retain a top-6 place.A Seaman, Schmeical, Cech, Casillas, Buffon will win you the EPL, ECL etc..As far as GK’s go, you get what you pay for.I mean – it’s not everyday you can pick up a Lehman for 1M or a Carlo Cudicini for free…err hold on…We pay the most expensive ticket prices in the world (no exaggeration) – yet they wheel out the same old shit about having nothing to spend.Meanwhile Bolton with their 5 fans, and Hull make 8-figure transfers.Spurs throw good money after bad (Modric 16M, Bent 17M, Chimbonda (twice), Gomes 7M, Bentley 17M, Zokora 12M, Defoe (twice) 7 & 17M) in 2 years. Where do they get the cash ?Sorry – but to say you’ve been offered legal tender for Eboue, only to follow up that you’ve refused it so you can give the universally hated mental paraplegic twat another contract disgusts me.Same with AdeBarnDoor and Almunia.These people should never be seen in Arsenal colours again. 30M for Ade – bite the hand off.Buy Benzema.7M for Eboue – bite the hand off.Buy Yoan Gourcouff (7M release clause).Cudicini was free and A LOT better than anything we have.Stephen Appiah – solid def midfielder – also free.You could shed the dead-wood Ade & Eboue, and without spending a penny re-enforce a desperately weak spine.Lastly – How is it we have a wage bill only 3M behind Man Utd, when we apparently have a squad of cheap kids.Either money is being well siphoned by the club, they are horrifically overpaying the darling little cherubs or AW is bailing out a small country.It’s revolting to me as a double Season Ticket holder to pay top dollar and be told we have no money, only to watch Bolton who have 4 quid season tickets buy a 12M player and Wenger reward Eboue with a new contract.If he’s going to be a wasteful socialist with our money, he won’t be getting any of my hard-earned next year and I imagine I won’t be alone.

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