Pre-match puff FAIL
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger left himself open to a healthy dose of we told you so from the club’s supporters after going out of his way to praise keeper Lukasz Fabianski before his howlers in last night’s Champions League clash against Porto.
Many Gooners have made no secret of their desire for Wenger to bring in a top-class goalie, but the Frenchman reiterated his belief in Fabianski’s ability just hours before the Pole turned a mishit cross into his own net and picked up a soft backpass to hand Porto a second goal.
Wenger said: “I have complete faith in Fabianski. He has shown that he has talent. In some games he has shown that he lacks a little bit of experience as well.”
It seems like last night was one of those games, Arsene.
He added: “Overall, for me, he is a very talented goalkeeper. Don’t forget that one of the greatest keepers ever seen in England was David Seaman. If you watched him at 22 or 23 then he would make some mistakes. It is part of the learning process.
“I believe Lukasz is a very intelligent goalkeeper so he will have learned from those mistakes.”
I would give it a bit longer, I think.