Two Players That Arsenal Must Sign

I am sick and tired of hearing that Lukasz Fabianski is the best goalkeeper in training. Well, when I wank I’m the best lover in the world.

Fabianski is not strong enough mentally to play at a big club. Things may work out for him elsewhere, but it’s not happening for him at Arsenal.

Sell him.

Arsenal need a new goalkeeper. Jens Lehmann says we should sign Manuel Neuer from Schalke. Jens says he will be Germany’s Number one very soon. Lehmann is Neuer’s hero. He is 6 feet 4, has two caps for Germany and is only 24 years old. Arsenal, however, are not the only top club looking for a keeper. So are Manchester United who know that Edwin van der Saar can only last one more season.

Currently, Arsenal have Vermaelen, Song, Djourou and Gallas injured. They only have 35 year old Sol Campbell and 32 year old Mikael Silvestre left. Rookie Kyle Bartley is on loan at Sheffield United but is unable to break into their first team. At the end of the season, Gallas, Campbell, and Silvestre will be out of contract. I expect only one of them to be around next season. That leaves Arsenal with three centre-backs – not including Song – and that’s not enough judging by the amount of injuries that they suffer each season.

Aged 22 and 6 feet 2 inches tall is Jan Vertonghen who plays for Ajax. This Belgian international is a left-sided centre-back – like Vermaelen – who can also play as a defensive midfielder and loves to join attacks from the back. He can play anywhere on the left side and is good in the air. Wenger may decide that he doesn’t need another left sided centre-back because he already has Vermaelen. However, with Silvestre the only left footed back-up likely to leave and with Arsenal’s injury record, signing Vertonghen is a must. He has played with Vermaelen 21 times for Belgium proving that the two left footers can play alongside one another.

Vertonghen is available for 8 million pounds. Neuer is available for 12 million.

Arsenal need to act fast.

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The No. 1

Currently, Arsenal lack a world class goalkeeper.

We have the demoted Manuel Almunia, a world class backup goalkeeper.

We have Lukasz Fabianski, out injured since the Valencia preseason friendly.

We have Vito Mannone, an inexperienced Italian goalkeeper who doesn’t play like an Italian goalkeeper.

We have Wojciech Szczesny, an even more inexperienced goalkeeper with a great build and tons of potential.

I’ve already said enough about Almunia. I don’t believe he’s capable of being a world class goalkeeper. Even at the height of his Arsenal powers, he wasn’t even close to getting a cap or a call up to the Spanish squad. That he tried to qualify for the England team tells you more about the state of English goalkeepers than it does the quality of Almunia. To me, Manuel performed best when motivated to displace Jens, who was a fantastic goalkeeper. When he got there and he attained some security, his performances haven’t been as steady. Unfortunately for Manuel, I’ll always remember him for giving up two goals to Barcelona in the Champions League Final. You may think I’m being harsh, but you’ll never convince me that he couldn’t have done better. He’s been out with a “chest infection,” and now that he’s back, he must be unhappy to not be playing. Cheeky Wenger is, how many players have had “injuries” in the name of real rotation?

Vito Mannone has committed two errors in the last two Premier League fixtures. The Birmingham one didn’t affect us in the long run, but the West Ham one sure did. But I’m not going to be too hard on him. He is extremely young, and he didn’t play much football at all when he was nurtured at Atalanta. Blinder against Fulham aside, the mark of a true number one goalkeeper is dealing with all chances at all times. When you play for a big club, you only have to make a few saves per game. But when you have those shots against you, you must deal with them superbly. People can extol the virtues of Shay Given, but were he goalkeeper for Arsenal or Manchester United, things may be different. Look at what’s happened with Ben Foster. Vito is one for the future. He is still not commanding when it comes to communicating with the backline, but he is brave and has a good build. I wish he would show a bit more anger at times, but that’s just a personal preference. He’s just not really ready yet.

The same can apply to Szczesny. I think he’s an extremely intriguing prospect, but he’s had even less playing time than Mannone. Some say that they rate him as highly as Mannone. He is a colossus and played well in the last Carling Cup tie. Keep an eye out for him.

Which brings me to Lukasz Fabianski. Many are unconvinced by him, and they have a decent right to think that way. He has given up near post goals, and his birthday performance against Chelsea in the FA Cup was disastrous. That being said, at the age of 24, he has been capped by Poland 14 times. He was handpicked by Wenger over false hopes like Craig Gordon. He has outstanding reflexes. He plays with the aggression that I like. He was handed a three year contract at the end of the last season. I really believe in this guy. I think he should be given a chance to be the Arsenal No. 1 and see what he’s capable of. Only a stretch of games can illustrate if you have a winner or a dud.

And if none of these options work out, we may need to buy in January. Who is available? Beats me, although names like Manuel Neuer and Akinfeev float around. But to me, we’re a goalkeeper away from being world beaters. Whether or not the solution already plays for Arsenal remains to be seen.

As for Liverpool today in the Carling Cup, it’ll be a mixture of players from the Reserves and the First Team. Liverpool will have been buoyed by the result against United, but our young players are hungry and our team wants the result after the last two disappointing draws. We play at home, and that gives some of our more enthusiastic fans to experience Arsenal football tonight. I look forward to this very much.

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