By 1970’s Gooner
I watched Arsenal’s display at Molineux which was another hard fought win but with a clean sheet. It is the third so far this season in 12 games, which is not too bad considering that we gooners have come to expect that we usually need to score more than one goal to be sure of the three points.
Arsene Wenger bought two new centre halves this year and along with Djourou returning to fitness has created enough cover to cater for any injuries, such as Vermaelen’s.
But I ask you, are these new additions any better than when Kolo Toure or Gallas were playing?
I think that they are adequate and will improve as they get to grips with the Premier League but they are not significantly better than what we had in recent seasons.
But what has changed so far however is the goalkeeping situation.
The goalkeeper is the make or break of a good defensive unit in my opinion.
No outfield defender can totally subdue the opposing forwards totally, 100% of the time. There will come a time when the opponents will create two or three goal scoring chances and that is when you need your goalkeeper to come to the rescue.
To save the one on one when their forward has raced though clean on goal.
To make that spectacular save when the shot has got goal written all over it.
To keep you in the game and give the team a chance to go forward and get that winning goal.
And this is what I have seen happening with Fabianski.
He did it against Wolves when they were in the ascendancy during the second half pushing to score the equaliser. He made at least three wonderful saves especially the one in the last minute when he dived to his left and stopped that shot form outside the area.
He did it in another significant win for Arsenal (and another clean sheet) against Manchester City at Eastlands. His save in the first minute from Silva and then again on a one to one situation later on, kept us in the game and the rest is history as they say.
He made the mistake against Newcastle of course and I hope he does not repeat it. He seems to have learnt form it as a similar situation arose against Wolves but on this occasion he fisted it away.
It is of course early to go overboard about Fabianski but I hope he carries on his good performances as he will prove vital in this coming busy November and Xmas period.