Saturday, August 21, 2010

Arsenal within reach of first place...who needs a keeper!!

Arsenal thumb Blackpool today 6-0. I guess the magical ride for the freshly promote side from the North West of England came to a halt in week 2 - Blackpool thumped Wigan 4-0 week 1. Of course the same Wigan got thumped 6-0 this week versus Chelsea, not sure what that says about Blackpool but clearly Wigan is making an early season bid for relegation. Apparently all the talk of a new keeper have not unsettled Almunia enough for him not to keep a clean sheet.

So Arsenal sit second with 4 points with a +6 goal differential with 7 goals for and 1 against. So who needs a keeper or another central defender??? I jest. With all the noise around Squillaci (which now apparently is cooling) as well as the on again off again move for Schwarzer or Given and now the new rumor that Wenger will go after Holland and Ajax back stop Stekelenburg, I fear that come September 1st, Wenger would have signed none of these players.

Arsenal have a habit of starting out strong only to fade in the difficult winter months and then pick it up again only to fall short in the end. One reason for this is their inability to win the ugly games - games when you need to lean on strong defense and have a keeper that can steal a game or two for you...not sure Almunia is that keeper. The defense could be strong, but needs some additional depth to ensure it can slog through the difficult months of December thru February.

Come one Arsene - focus on a keeper and go out an get him. Then either get Squillaci or figure out someone you can get for cover - a Silvestre or Campbell move will not suffice this time around.

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