Fabianski Thinks He Can Be But Does Wenger See Him As Number One?
A new day with more reports of unrest with the leader, key individuals sniping from the background but enough about the Labour Party, let’s talk Arsenal. No, wait, I was. Andrey Arshavin is criticised this morning for comments that nobody knows if, where or when they were made, the Russian newspaper which is the source has form in concocting them. So perhaps we’ll give them the same wide berth that is applied to Cesc’s comments which are not dissimilar in nature.
Elsewhere, a plethora of goalkeepers including the hardy perennial Sebastian Frey, are being linked with the club. People seem to favour signing Hart from Manchester City but with their problems in that area, such a signing seems unlikely. Maybe Arsène should just sign Frey so that the back pages can then erupt in a welter of “Scoop” headlines, accompanied by “We told you first in 2003, this would happen” and raging against them, “But we told you in 2002!“, “2000” or “We told you when he was an embryo!“.
The current first choice, Lukasz Fabianski, has admitted to mistakes:
I am glad to have the chance to play. The boss shows he believes in me and I just want to take the opportunities and show I am good enough. Every supporter has the right to give their opinion. I’m not stupid and I realise that incidents like the one at Wigan make other things appear less significant and that these are the things people remember. I have no problem with it.
This season has been difficult for me. I’ve only been playing every few weeks or so and it’s hard for any player who isn’t playing regularly. Two games a week is much better for anyone, of course. But I didn’t feel apprehensive for the Wigan game. I felt quite well, it was just that one incident that is hard to explain.
It is not that difficult, try a lapse in concentration. Unfortunately, the position of goalkeeper does not allow for that to happen in the eyes of supporters. One mistake generally equals a goal conceded. Most people are tolerant of goalkeepers if clean sheets are not being kept provided that the errors that lead to goals are a generic defensive error. An error-prone goalkeeper? No hope.
The Pole went on:
This is the life of a keeper, though – some love it, some hate it but you just have to be strong with it. One day you can be the hero and the next people say you are the worst around. You just have to manage yourself in a good way and keep believing in yourself, keep working and fighting. If you keep believing in a keeper then he will believe in himself and when he plays regularly you can see the benefits over a few weeks.
There is a truth in his words and in terms of playing time, the theory is that consistency comes from regular games. In Fabianski’s case, experience is a must. He has to believe in himself and Wenger has shown some ‘trust’ in him, retaining him in the side ahead of Mannone whose form earlier this season suggested that he could quite easily drop into the side in place of Almunia. Yet the Italian was not as safe as is being reported now with similar criticisms surfacing as his spell in the first team came to a close, the balancing item being his youth.
Fabianski is further into his career yet has not shown the consistency required to give confidence that he should be Number One. At this moment in time, Arsène needs a goalkeeper to restore confidence throughout the defence and I am unconvinced that Fabianski can do that.
If the Pole seeks any solace, goalkeeping has proved to be Wenger’s Achilles Heel. If you look at the signings he has made over the year, a number of them have been promising but arguably, the only one who made the grade was Lehmann, hardly a spring Chicken when he joined and perhaps staying a season too long. Richard Wright failed dismally to live up to his reputation whilst Manninger showed immense promise that never materialised in the long term.
It is a position where experience counts and any younger player is going to make mistakes, the crucial aspect will be tolerance of that. That is not something that will readily be given and no matter whom Wenger signs, errors will soon become the brickbats with which they are hit.
Posted on April 28, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 489 Comments.