Triaud Chamakh’s His Toys Out, Cesc And Not So Safe Hands
The most protracted saga since the nation was put under the Aaron Spelling and tried to work out who shot JR is seemingly winding its way to a conclusion with Marouane Chamakh reportedly in London to finalise his transfer. The transfer is not bring the outbreak of unbridled joy that the club had perhaps hoped for which is partly their own fault as it has been too drawn out.
In the mists of time, Arsenal had hinted that they would conduct the transfer in the proper manner and would not announce it out of respect to Bordeaux. They need not have bothered caring. Jean-Louis Triaud observed:
I have had two difficult transfers since I arrived: Wiltord and Chamakh. These two departures relate to Arsenal.
Difficult? I’m not too sure he can complain about the first of the two, capitalising on the equaliser scored in the Euro2000 final. The latter? Well, let’s see. Chamakh gave very strong indications last summer that he was going to leave and Triaud became greedy, not just in that window but in January as well if reports are to be believed. So perhaps pride has been stung. I’m sure he will get over it, especially if Arsène comes knocking with a suitcase full of used €100 bills.
Elsewhere the usual pile of mierda is emerging from Catalunya with media reports of Laporta having met with Arsenal on Friday to discuss the possible transfer of Cesc. Presidential elections are the driving force for this with another brown-nosing director hoping to impress any potential new boss of his worth by stating that David Villa is almost arriving and Cesc is the same except that Arsenal has not named the price yet. So, there is no transfer then and no-one should believe that Laporta is seeking to gain popularity to further his political aspirations. Oh noooo.
Onto more pressing matters, namely goalkeepers. They say you have to be mad to be one but the bit missed off is that former custodians are extremely loyal to the current incumbents. Following the recent staunch defence of Almunia and Co by Bob Wilson, David Seaman has now joined the extremely short queue of their defenders:
They’re still learning, especially Fabianski – people forget how young he is. He’s a great talent but he still needs to develop his all round game…Then you look at Almunia who has all the experience. I think he’s going to have a problem in keeping Fabianski out. It’s great though to have competition for that one spot, Arsenal need it to be competitive as it will bring out the best in them.
I think he’ll stay with the first choice pair he has at the moment. If you include Vito [Mannone] he’s got three with first team experience. Then you look at Wojciech Szczesny coming through and you have to say he’s a fascinating prospect. I think he may be a little young to throw straight into the first team as being in goal for Arsenal is very different to being in goal at Brentford. He is a great, great talent though – so Arsene’s got four top players at his disposal.
Given (no, it’s Joe Hart that everyone wants – Ed.) that Seaman has some credibility as knowing what makes a good goalkeeper, dismissal of Almunia and Fabianski as no-hopers does seem harsh. He went onto observe that Almunia’s experience would help him push on whilst Fabianski could improve if he played regularly. Problematically, he noted:
I don’t know for sure what he’ll do but I accept it’s a tough situation when the fans are calling for change.
Arsène will not make a signing to keep the fans happy, we know that. However, change will be made if the defence does not have confidence in the goalkeeper and I wonder if that feeling has become apparent in training, overtly or otherwise.
For me, we have some decent reserve goalkeepers but not one that is outstanding enough. Almunia has improved considerably since he joined and I think that it is not a harsh judgement to put him at the same level as John Lukic when thinking of Arsenal goalkeepers over the past twenty five years. Could he make the leap to the same level as Seaman, Jennings or Lehmann? No, I don’t think so.
Plenty of ‘World Class’ goalkeepers provided evidence that mistakes are made and sometimes I get a feeling that it is easier to criticise one individual than accept that goals conceded are down to the team failing to defend properly. But then I think of Wigan, Porto and Birmingham. Not of those matches individually but there is a cumulative effect that leads me to hope that we get a new Number One who can walk straight into that trio of Seaman & Co I mentioned earlier. If that happened, I would have no issue with any of the current quartet remaining as understudies.
Posted on May 18, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 328 Comments.