Sorry for the lack of posting recently only I was 'kidnapped' by the missus and taken hostage on the sunny isle of Lanzarote for two weeks.
It was horrible. All that boozing, eating and all those late-night activities.
I'd much rather have been in rainy England......
Anyway I'm back now and pissed off. I miss Lanzarote but I'm pissed off today that we haven't signed a keeper.
I suppose there is no point dwelling on it anymore. We can't do anymore about it.
So moaning and bitching that we are stuck with Manuel Almunia between the sticks isn't going to do anyone or anything any good.
Especially Almunia's confidence.
We need to get behind Almunia now. Yes, Wenger should have signed a better keeper but he hasn't. What more can we or Manuel do about it?
He was brilliant against Blackburn and more than dealt with everything thrown, kicked or hurtled in his direction.
That's the Almunia we need to see more of.
I said in the past (rather naively) that the Spaniard had become one of the top keepers in Europe. I must have seen something to say that. Or I must have been pissed.
All I now is at the moment he is the Arsenal number one. Like it or not.
Personally I'm glad that Mark Schwarzer hasn't signed. I don't think he is any better than Manuel Almunia so he wouldn't have improved us in anyway.
The Aussie has played near on 15 years for clubs like Bradford City, Middlesborough and Fulham. If he was any good he would have played at a higher level ages ago.
I know Almunia's former clubs list the dizzy heights reached of Sabadell and Albacete but I still don't think Schwarzer would have been an improvement on him.
It may feel like a kick in the mouth but its the hand we have been dealt with. Its not Almunia's fault so support him. He'll need it.
Keep it Goonerish...........