Manuel Almunia stays as Arsenal number one
Calamity keeper remains the best of an achingly bad lot
It seems that Monsieur Wenger has made his bed… and now must lie in it.
After a month in which Arsenal fans, football fans and Manuel Almunia’s family assumed a goalkeeper would be bought, Arsene Wenger did not make a deadline day purchase. It is fair to say that he did want to get Mark Schwarzer in, but no alternatives were examined.
So Wenger has said that Almunia is good enough, isn’t, is, isn’t, is. That doesn’t seem like a surefire way to give a struggling goalkeeper confidence.
The problem is, Arsenal keepers simply aren’t good enough. They look weak on crosses, handling, positional awareness and decision making. Arsenal have good centre backs, but are going to have to score a hell of a lot of goals to make up for errors.
It isn’t the fault of the goalkeepers that they are not good enough. But it is the fault of Wenger if they are playing in the Premier League and Champions League.