Naughty Jack, who has been given a telling off by his boss for partying and drinking too much is to stay with the England squad for the mid-week fixture against Ghana!
Double standards I say and it pees me off big time, why is it that the likes of Rooney, Terry, Dawson, Cole and Lampard all get released from the England squad and our Jack Wilshere isn’t? I don’t care that the above players are still in the Champions League, Jack is still very young, his bones don’t need to be playing in another stupid friendly, we need him fit for our challenge in the Premier League which is far more important..
It’s wrong and maybe the FA should ask themselves why they need a friendly at this time of the season, they have just been all together for a week for a Euro qualifier haven’t they?
Talking of big decisions, speculation is rife that Mad Jens will start against Blackburn instead of Almunia. I for one believe this would be a fatal error by Arsene Wenger.
Yes, Almunia made a huge error against West Brom when he gifted them their second goal but Chesney and Koscielny made a very similar error in the Carling Cup Final which lost us the game but had both been fit for the next game, would either have been dropped? My guess to that answer is no.
Ok, many will say Almunia has let us down many times before and that is true but if he gets dropped for a ‘out of retirement’ 41 year old, what will that do to him? What happens then if Jens gets injured, how would Almunia come back after that…..?
If we believe what we read about Almunia and our goal keeping situation then Arsene Wenger tried to sign both Mark Schwarzer and Pepe Reina last summer but as so often with Wengers ‘targets’, neither arrived at Arsenal .
Then Fabianski, who some thought would start the season as number one, had a nightmare in a friendly pre-season and Almunia was subsequently handed the gloves for the opening game of the season against Liverpool.
His lack of ability again allowed Liverpool to score and we drew the game. This was followed by another howler, again against West Brom when we lost 3-2 at The Emirates. All this time he knew Wenger had been trying to bring in a replacement.
Confidence building, I don’t think so…..
Almunia was then ‘injured’.
January came and according to reports, Almunia was allowed to return home to Spain and he believed he was a finished man at Arsenal. Reports suggest he had found himself a new club in Besiktas but right at the last-minute Arsenal pulled the plug when Fabianski picked up an injury.
Fair on Almunia? I don’t think so.
Don’t get me wrong, I really don’t rate Almunia but if the reports are true, Arsenal have been a tad naive. We now have a goal keeper starting each week who knows that the club really don’t rate him yet stopped him finding happiness elsewhere.
Now he knows his position in under threat again, to a 41-year-old who wasn’t ‘that’ good at the peak of his game…
Arsene Wenger made a huge mistake in my opinion the day that Mad Jens retired, he sat back and thought that Fabianski or Almunia were ready to take over. Almunia certainly wasn’t and never will be and the jury is still out on Fabianski but age is on his side.
So yet again we in a situation where just one signing could have made a difference to this season, in fact had he replaced Jens when he should, that signing could have made a difference to the last few seasons I’m sure.
Great goal keepers are match winners, they can save a good few points during a season.
We all know that – Why doesn’t Arsene Wenger?
That’s it for today, have a good one all…..