When W.B.A scored their second goal on the weekend Arsenal fans finally conceded that the title race is over. We are still within touching distance but our goalkeepers or lack thereof means that we won’t touch it and the blame for our situation lies squarely on the shoulders of Wenger and his arrogance.
For all his genius, one quality that Wenger lacks is the prescience that every man and his dog is blessed with, case in point the current goalkeeping fiasco. Everyone knows that at some point we would have to depend on our third or fourth keeper, so why a so called genuis couldn’t forsee injuries to his starting and backup keepers is beyond comprehension.
What is more unforgivable is that, he had the money to buy a new keeper yet decided against it for no apparent reason than to save a few bucks. Even if we agree that we have one of the best young keepers around in Szczȩsny and a fine backup in Fabiański or vice versa it is important that the third goalkeeper is not a dud. Just look at the depth of the title contenders in the goalkeeping position
- Chelsea – Ross Turnbull
- United – Anders lindgard, Ben Amos
- City – Gunnar Nielsen, Stuart Taylor
- Spurs – Stipe Pletikosa
All are infinitely better than Manuel Almunia and Jens Lehman. It is nothing short of negligence for Arsène to have put The Arsenal in this situation, utter madness. We could have spent £18m on Hugo Lloris who would never make silly mistakes like Almunia, and is especially strong on corners where we let in many goals.
Or £15m on Manuel Neuer who would never get beaten by a long punt again like the Spanish Manuel does so often…
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But no, because of the man’s arrogance the title race is now out of our hands, a full five points behind United and with Chelsea now gathering momentum we’d be lucky to finish 2nd. Although we were predicted to drop out of the top 4 contemplating a third place finish is unbearable, it’s just not acceptable for a club as big as Arsenal, especially as our rival neighbours are in the Champions league quarter finals.
We all knew that our keepers would get injured as is always the case year after year, we cannot afford to have just 1 solid backup in such an important position. To win the trophies we deserve we need, at a minimum, 2 world class players in every position on the pitch and 3 world class goalkeepers to cover for injuries.
All good things must come to an end and if Wenger can’t these simple problems then I’m afraid his time at the helm of The Arsenal has come to shuddering halt.