Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Witness for Almunia's prosecution
Don't go to the Emirates if you have Coulrophobia
"Your Honour, Much as I do not like singling out individuals I feel I must present the following evidence and ask that a guilty verdict be reached"
In 2007 Jens Lehman made a couple of errors at the start of the season. In the first league game of the season, against Fulham (a game Arsenal won 2–1) and in the second match against Blackburn in a game that finished 1–1. This led to Wenger replacing him with Manuel Almunia as first choice goalkeeper; he even selected Fabianski in a cup game ahead of Lehman and made him captain. Wenger, in effect terminated Jens’ Arsenal career.
Jens was voted UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year for the 1996-97 and 2005–06 seasons, and at the time of leaving Arsenal, had been selected for three World cup squads. He was a key factor in Arsenal’s first-ever accession to the Champions League final; during their run Arsenal broke the record for the most consecutive clean sheets in the Champions League with ten, breaking the record of seven that Milan had set just one year before. That run formed the bulk of an 853-minute spell without conceding a goal, overtaking the CL record for an individual goalkeeper set by Edwin Van Der Sar. Jens made a vital penalty save in the ECL Semi Final of 2006 and also made a vital save in The FA Cup Final penalty shoot out in 2005, helping to win Arsenal’s last trophy. Perhaps his greatest achievement, to go alongside his medals, is being goalkeeper for the entirety of an unprecedented unbeaten league campaign
Manuel Almunia, therefore was Wenger’s replacement for Lehman on the basis of two errors. It is a logical and undeniable fact that you need to replace like for like or better, when replacing players.
Let’s examine Almunia’s Credentials.
No records in EPL or ECL, no international caps, no UEFA nominations.
Almunia currently lies at number 10 in the official Premier League rankings below Given, Hart, Sorenson, Cech, Friedel, Jaaskelainen, Van Der Sar, Schwarzer and Gomes.
He is ranked 7th in the league on saves with a save percentage of 66.3%
However, he is currently joint top Own Goal scorer with Knight, Dann and Zayatte
Some of the errors made in decisive games.
EPL v Man Utd-bad decision allows Evra to put in Ronaldo.
ECL Semi Final v Ronaldo- a crucial point in a game where having conceded early from a genuine error by a young player we had to get back on terms to mount a comeback.Ronaldo fired in a free kick from distance to kill the game.
EPL v Man Utd-Nani punishes poor positioning.
EPL v Birmingham-When people say Arsenal lost the league at WHL it is incorrect, the league slipped through Manuel’s fingers at St Andrews due to this eleventh hour blunder.
ECL v Barcelona-Ibrahimovitch chips a poorly positioned Almunia
EPL v Sp*rs- The Danny Rose incident.
Etc Etc Etc...
Opinions are one thing these are the facts and they are indisputable.
Billy Casper-"I'm going to be Manuel Almunia"
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