As the Arsenal Turns: Arsenal’s goal keeper soap opera has 8 more months to run

I don't want to play with goal keepers!

No soap opera would be complete if there weren’t multiple story lines. Arsenal is no different. The main plot is and will be Fab’s role on the team: will he or won’t he? And of course how will other players react. Nasri made his feelings clear: I think he impregnated his shirt after he scored a penalty against the tiny Totts. Yes, you’re a Gunner, we got it. But the most recent subplot to unfold is yet another summer story come to pass: the goal keeper. Unfortunately, this story is more fodder for everything else. Anyway, go grab your notepad, because walking through this plot ain’t easy. Thanks Arsene (sarcasm).
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Arsene’s goalie trauma

Recent rumors had, emphasize had, us linked to the Russian keeper Akinfeev. Now rumors are rumors and transfers are never easy, but this looks to be true and Arsene’s failure to make the deal is troublesome. For all of Arsene’s genius, he seems utterly beguiled at this position. He lacks a vision for this position and it shows. Continue reading

Why Arsene might buy a 30 year-old goal keeper…

So I’ve been thinking about the goal keeper situation. And while it’s easy to say that a change needs to be made, there are some big decisions underneath that will impact the team. Sure, Almunia can leave, but we have a congestion problem with our other keepers. Arsene will need to make not one, but several big decisions and depending how risky he wants to get, we might just get a 30+ year-old goal keeper.  Continue reading

Arshavin and Nasri formally request Walcott not start again.

Me: Groan. Sigh. Head in my hands.  Then handsup pleading skyward.  Playing Burnley and Fab walks off hurt.  But you know what, I don’t even want to complain about that.  No, watching us play Burnley, a team we really should dominate I can’t get over the absolute lack of balance in the team.  Arsene this is your fault.  It’s time, if Denilson can’t play, put in Merida.  And no more of this Song + Diaby.  And Arshavin and Nasri called, if Walcott starts again, they are going on strike.  As for Alumnia we’ve lost him altogether, so bring on Fabianski. Continue reading