Sunday, 26 September 2010

Arsene's record bid for new keeper, Clichy on away form, Partizan stars trail at Colney

Morning Gooners.

Well yesterday didn't go as planned. More on that later. But to start the morning, here is some Arsenal related news which doesn't involve the words West Brom (too much).

It seems that because of yesterday's defeat to the fore mentioned club,  Arsene Wenger is going to go out and sign a new goal keeper.

The News of the World expect us to go out and sign Pepe Reina from Liverpool. 

This isn't the first time we've been linked with the Spaniard. In August, The Sun said we were after him and said we'd offered £23 million for him.

Think that price is way over the mark, but anyway we've been linked again with him this morning.

It's not a surprise. After yesterday everyone seems to want a new goal keeper. But the fact of the matter is we can't sign anyone until January and most of the best will be cup tied for the Champions League.

So we're stuck with who we've got. Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianski, Vito Mannone, and Wojciech Szczesny.

The point being we need to support whoever Arsene decides is worthy of our goal keeper's shirt. There is no point us getting on their back. If they make a howler, they don't need to be shouted at. How's that going to help them?

Of course the manager should have signed a goalkeeper in the summer. He tried, I know he did. And it wasn't just Schwarzer he was after either.

But no club would sell him the goal keeper he wanted. So we had to make do with what we've got.

It's an unfortunate set of circumstances, but something we'll have to put up with.

These next seven days are very important. Two tricky away games and I personally think Almunia, as our most experienced keeper, will get the nod despite what happened yesterday for the games in Belgrade and Stamford Bridge.

Gael Clichy, speaking before yesterday's game, said the next two games are pointers in how our season will progress.

He told the Daily Star Sunday:
"We have to play more games away from home to see if this Arsenal side is ready. 
"Within the team we can feel the atmosphere is great – and the feeling is that we are there and we can make it happen this year. 
"But the truth is that it's now five years since we have won anything. So there is no point talking about it because it has only been a few games. 
"We know we can beat anybody at the Emirates but it is our form away that is going to be the key." 
I think he spoke to soon. But he is right. Our away form, yesterday's blip aside, will decide credentials for the title.

And ahead of the Belgrade trip Partizan defender Stefan Savic, who Arsenal handed a ten day trial to impress Arsene Wenger last season, has been speaking about his time at London Colney.

He said:
"When the invitation came, it was a no-brainer.
"I spent 10 days in London, although it had been planned for me to stay only five days.
"Wenger is God. He has immense authority at the club and everyone listens to him. But from now on I am a Partizan player and I am fully focused on the club's ambitions."
Match report and player ratings later. Until then enjoy your Sunday.

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