By 1970’s Gooner,
Arsene Wenger made an extraordinary statement in his weekly letter to the Arsenal fans. I get it on my e mail but I almost always ignore it as it usually reiterates an amalgam of his post match comments.
This time it attracted my attention as it was very direct and a little bit angry.
He asked the Arsenal fans to leave the transfer policy to him and we will see the results…
Is he getting fed up with everyone telling him to buy and buy and buy?
You bet he is.
But I am with the majority of the fans who are desperate and fed up to watch year after year talented youngsters play attractive football but get slaughtered by the big guns when the business part of the season arrives.
And there is one transfer that simply has to happen if we are to have a cat’s chance in hell to win anything next season and that is buying a new first team keeper capable to pull out those performances that will win you those points that Almunia and Fabianski certainly failed to do.
Van de Sar has been doing it season after season with Manchester United. Funnily enough Wenger passed on the chance to make that call that Van de Sar was expecting from him when leaving Fulham!
Shay Given, one of the best keepers in the League, was similarly available but again Wenger passed…
Petr Cech has been a top class keeper with Chelsea during those title winning years inclusive of this season of course.
Even Spurs have a better keeper than us. Gomez singlehandedly destroyed our chances to win the title.
I need not go on and on.
In fact the vast majority (82%) of nearly 2000 Arsenal fans that voted on our poll (see above) are clear that if Wenger does not sign a new keeper our chances of winning the title next season will evaporate EVEN if we buy all the outfield players that we need!
That is a strong message indeed.
There are numerous goalkeepers out there who are infinitely better than our lot.
David James may be old but so is Van de Sar. Joe Hart or even Shay Given at Manchester City, Gordon at Sunderland, Green at West Ham, Schwarzer at Fulham.
The list is endless and there are many, many keepers abroad which I am sure if Wenger puts his mind to it can come up with a decent choice.
But will he bother?