Team news + AGM

In Arsenal FC on October 22, 2009 by Highbury N5 Editor

First of all, a big happy birthday to Arsene Wenger who has reached the big 6-0. I hope he enjoys his glass of red tonight.

There is some team news ahead of our game on Sunday, Fabianski and Nasri made good comebacks the other night in the reserves but Sunday comes too early for them, Denilson should be back in four weeks and Djourou is out until March at least. Eduardo might make the squad for Sunday and Bendtner + Rosicky are both 50/50 so I would bet on not seeing either against West Ham, who despite having a bad start to the season, are not going to be easy to beat.

Ive now come to the opinion that Manuel Almunia is no longer our number one keeper, Vito Mannone is young, inexperienced but not at all convincing at times and Fabianski gives me nightmares. This leads to one thing and that is a ‘keeper arriving in January, I couldn’t care less if it kills Fabianski because I don’t think he has the temperament for the top level, Almunia has been decent since Jens left but nothing special.

Ive said time and time again that the one area of the pitch you can’t apply the youth project to is the goalkeeping position and I still believe that is true, its certainly one of our sides biggest weaknesses.

Maybe Almunia will get his chance on Sunday and will take it, I hope he does as it will add more experience to the team and it may well lead to an upturn in form.

The clubs birthday gift to the boss was the AGM that happened earlier on today, there are a few stories starting to come out of it but nothing too big as yet. It seems Stan Kroenke didn’t answer questions about a potential takeover ‘due to legal reasons’ so that is a bit of a disappointment but there was positive news about upcoming contract signings and the Highbury Square development.

It was a lot less frosty than the previous AGM which riled Arsene Wenger a bit and lead to his comment of; ‘Ive never worked so hard and got so little praise’. There was one shareholder who stood up and praised Emmanuel Eboue and Alex Song for proving their critics wrong, which is nice I suppose.

The comedy gold moment was when Peter Hill-Wood said he did not consider Aston Villa or Tottenham to be ‘rivals’.

There will undoubtedly be more to come over the next few days and I will write it up when I hear it.

Any thoughts on the AGM? Were you there? Leave a comment.

More tomorrow.


One Response to “Team news + AGM”

  1. Arsene should surely go for experience goalkeeper in january. Almunia is never a reliable goalkeeper and vito is just growing and so is fabianski. Arsene should go for jaskalinear and add a strong midfielder and a striker

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