“If you look across Europe you will see that goalkeeping may be the most difficult job because everything is quick… I think he [Manuel Almunia] puts a lot of pressure on his shoulders, too much.” – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger prior to the defeat at Chelsea.
Whilst Manuel Almunia was not at fault for either of the goals at Stamford Bridge yesterday, it has become increasingly clear to pundits and Arsenal fans alike that the Spaniard is one of the reasons the Gunners title challenge has faltered.
Incredibly, Arsene Wenger was cautious about including second choice keeper Lukasz Fabianski in place of Almunia. The Arsenal boss said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the match at Stamford Bridge that the Pole had “a little issue” with Chelsea after his high profile mistake in the FA Cup semi-final last season.
In these farcical days where some are calling for Wenger to be sacked as Arsenal boss it is important to recognise the foundations put in place at the Emirates. Not only do the Gunners have a very capable third choice keeper in Italian Vito Mannone, as he showed earlier this season at Fulham, their fourth choice keeper may well be the best of the lot.
Wojciech Szczesny, a 19-year-old Pole has been wowing the crowds at Brentford since his loan move in November and has excelled in League One. At 6.5ft, Szczesny has great presence for such a young custodian and has incredible reflexes which have left the fans at Griffin Park in awe.
Already a full Polish international, such has been the chatter about the young Arsenal starlet, that we have received a number of requests for footage of Wojciech Szczesny. As ever, we are happy to point you in the direction of some excellent clips of the highly-talented keeper.
If you have got this far then a must watch is a feature from The BBC’s Late Kick Off which includes a host of great saves from Szczesny. Also included below is a Sky Sports News of Brentford fans describing the Arsenal number 53 as Premier League class.