By Ollie Irish
Who could the nervous player be? Why it’s jitterbug Manuel Almunia, of course. Who else!?
Speaking to Kenya newspaper The Standard, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: “Manuel Almunia is a talented goalkeeper. In training, he is superb, the only problem is that he gets nervous on big matches, thereby making silly mistakes.
“After the World Cup, we will be making an announcement on goalkeeping.”
Finally, Wenger admits what the rest of us have been saying for months. Arsenal’s goalkeeping situation was neglected by Wenger (surely not because he’s stubborn Frenchman?) and it cost the Gunners dear last season. You simply can’t have a keeper who gets nervous in big matches. Ask Fabio Capello about Rob Green.
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Wenger has already strengthened his squad this summer with the arrivals of Marouane Chamakh, the Morocco striker, from Girondins, and French centre-back Laurent Koscielny. Looks like a new keeper is on the way soon.
Poor Manuel – has he tried dope?