Thursday, 30 September 2010

Fabianski ahead of Almunia and Szczesny for Chelsea? Why not?

Morning Gooners.

The back slapping of Lukasz Fabianski continues today and quite rightly so. He's had to endure more awful reading than any other Arsenal play in recent history, so it's good that he can read some more positive articles about his performance on Tuesday today.

The countdown to the Chelsea game has begun and questions are being raised as to who will start in goal at Stamford Bridge.

If Almunia fails to recover from his injury, the manager won't have any problem sending our Fabianski to face the Premier League champions.

There really is no news about Almunia recovery. I don't expect we'll hear anything from the club until Arsene speaks to the media again in his pre-match briefing on Friday.

Fabianski had a good game on Tuesday, there is no denying that. Could he play like that again or revert back to how he was? I personally think we may have reached a turning point.

It got so bad, that it really could only swing the other way if he is to continue to have a career with Arsenal at the highest level.

"I am ready to play against Chelsea. I was always ready, so we will see.
"I was never really bothered by all the things said. I was always trying to focus on my job and my work.
"That is what I was always doing and that why I am grounded."
Even if Almunia does recover, would it be worth taking a chance with a goal keeper who's blunder cost us the vital second goal last weekend? Also, he may not be 100%.

I think even if Almunia is fit, Fabianski should stay in goal.

I don't think there is a chance the manager would pick Wojciech Szczesny for this one either, despite what some areas of the media are claiming.

At this point in time I would rather have a goal keeper who is 100% fit and brimming with confidence than a goal keeper who is not.

One player who's backed Fabianski is Kieran Gibbs, He said:
"He is a great keeper or else he wouldn't be here at Arsenal. I owe him a lot after giving away the penalty he saved against Partizan, although I can't really remember too much about the tackle.
"He put in a great performance - that is what he is in the team to do - but I think he felt like he had a point to prove.
"Of course we do feel for him after all the criticism he's had because we know his quality, and he showed that in Belgrade. That is why he expressed his emotion like that after he had saved the penalty.
"He is good in the air, he is a good talker and he doesn't hide away. I think we've seen his real quality." 
You could see by Gibbs' reaction to the penalty save he had a lot to thank Fabianski for. I'm also glad that the squad have got faith in him as well.

The players will return to training today following their day off yesterday. I don't think there were any new knocks from the weekend, so you would imagine it will be pretty much the same squad who faced Partizan but there is a possibility that Cesc Fabregas could return.

Thomas Vermaelen has yet to recover from his achilles injury. And there was no indication about how long Abou Diaby's knock would keep him out for.

On player already preparing for the game is Bacray Sagna, who had a much improved performance midweek compared to his one last weekend.

"We had to win against Partizan because we did not play well at the weekend, conceding three goals. 
"Every game is a test because the season is long, where you have to play match after match. 
"Now we need to stay focused and look forward to the next game, and we have to make something at Chelsea. 
"We have to play our football and we know we have the quality to beat them. 
"It will be an open game, but it will be about us, not them."
It will be important we take something from this game. As we know, last season we lost all our games with Chelsea and Manchester United. This season that cannot happen again.

Even if it means we have to throw everything at getting a draw, I do not mind.

However I think this team is different than the one from last season. We seem to have matured and added a bit of steal. So who knows? But missing Thomas Vermaelen and Robin Van Persie is an obvious blow, as is Theo Walcott who had such an impressive start to the season.

One thing to take note of though, is that those players who have come into the side have performed well. So is three points at Stamford Bridge unrealistic? I don't think so.

Finally for this post, UEFA could investigate what went wrong with the floodlights and power at the FK Partizan stadium on Tuesday night.

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1 comment:

  1. Doesn't matter if it's the clown or the joker, Drogba will tear either apart

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