Hero of the FA Cup semi-final, Lukasz Fabianski, has been talking about his superb penalty saves which secured us victory on Saturday:
To be honest with you I did some homework but none of them [the Wigan penalty takers] were on my list!The guys who stepped up to take penalties [were different] so I was just guessing. It was more intuition rather than my homework that I’d done.
I was surprised that [Jordi] Gomez didn’t step up as the first one. Then I saw Caldwell and Collison taking the penalties, so I was just guessing.
I did look at YouTube and things like that, but I didn’t see anything of Collison or Caldwell on there.
Ok that’s quite a funny story really isn’t it, but what on earth is going on with our goalkeeping coaching?
Did they not do any homework on the Wigan players and the way they take penalties?
Why was it left to Lukasz Fabianski to scout around on Youtube for a bit of assistance?
Why wasn’t the keeping coach and our keepers and yes, both of them, sat down together going through everything so they had a heads up on where certain Wigan players usually place their spot-kicks?
Thankfully, in the end it didn’t matter because Lukasz got it spot on.
Talking of our older Pole, are the club about to make a huge mistake?
Szczesny has taken a bit of stick recently, especially for his performances at Anfield and Stamford Bridge when we conceded a glut of goals. Yet on the other hand, in every game Lukasz Fabianski has played for us in the FA Cup he has looked calm, assured and has seen us through to victory. Ok, he had a mad moment on Saturday but to his credit, he soon realised the error of his ways and got back into position quickly.
For sure, you could sense it in the crowd after we conceded the goal, there was a really stressful few minutes as we tried to get back in the game.
After we managed to score the equaliser you could sense the relief, and from the penalties you could see the crowd react. I think this is for the fans, I think they have been waiting a long time and they show up in every away game, win or lose they always follow.
It was a great atmosphere today as well so it’s great to do it for them.
Nice to see he cares about the fans…
It’s true of course, in the main the fans do continue to turn up and support the club regardless of what they have to endure but just how long they stay so faithful remains to be seen, especially if things at the top stay the same. By that I mean an owner who really doesn’t appear to care what the future of Arsenal FC is, as long as he is making money and doesn’t have to dig into his very deep pockets with his very short arms and spend some….
Back to Fabianski, The Daily Mail quote him as saying:
I’m very happy we managed to go through to the final, it’s a massive thing for us, especially after such a difficult game.
But I don’t know if I’ll keep my place – it’s up to the boss. After my performance, I hope I can.
If I was Arsene Wenger, I’d leave Fabianski in goal now. Firstly, he deserves to be there and secondly the more he plays now, the more confident and focussed he’ll be for the final next month.
Another thing, I’d do all I could to keep him at the club because I truly believe that the Flappianski of old is long gone and Lukasz Fabianski is on the way to being a top top goalkeeper…
Just a shame he isn’t going to be ours. Ouch!!
Hull City will be our opponents in the FA Cup final in May but that day is a while off.
It’s back to the league challenge now, well the 4th place challenge which is now out of our hands. Up next is West Ham tomorrow night at The Emirates.
Are we going to have eleven players fit enough??
That’s it for another day…..