Szczesny played a blinder!
September 27, 2010
Well done young Mr Szczesny, you may have just fast-tracked you’re way into the Arsenal first team with that little outburst last week.
I am firmly in the camp that rates our 20 year-old Polish keeper as a future legend at the club.
Having seen him play live for Brentford, I have witnessed just what an awesome keeper he already is and what an incredible talent he is blessed with.
A talent that will ultimately bless The Arsenal with the best keeper on the planet… in my humble opinion!
I don’t for one moment belive Almunia is injured enough to be left out of the squad, it’s game over for him, he was given one more chance to prove himself and blew it.
We went for Schwarzer in the summer, and had Fulham found another keeper to replace him, he would have been our number 1 for the next 2 seasons…. but that did not happen, and as we now know, Manuel faltered, again.
So it now leaves us with a wonderful opportunity to view a straight pistols duel between our pair of talented young poles.
Controversially enough, as much as I rate Szczesny, I also rate Fabianski very highly… his reflexes are incredible, his confidence is shockingly low.. net result right now = piss poor keeper.
Though I do not give up on Fabianski, and I believe a wonder show is definately in his locker sometime soon, maybe at the Bridge next weekend, maybe over in Serbia tommorow night…. but it’s there, believe me, when this guy gets back up to his right level, not much will land in his net.
Both Poles come form the famous goalkeeping school run by former Polish keeper, Krzysztof Dowhan, who was once offered the goalkeepers coaching job at Arsenal by Wenger… but turned it down to stay in Poland.
The likes of Artur Boruc, Jerzy Dudek and Thomas Kuszczcak have all graduated from his notorious goalkeeping academy.
The country is famed for it’s goalies, ever since Brian Clough famously called one a “Clown” following the famous Polish victory in a deciding World Cup qualifier at Wembley in 1973.
Poland finished 3rd at the 1974 World Cup and were unlucky not to make the final… England failed to qualify after the “Clown” made some inspired saves all night to keep the English attack at bay and take his country to the finals in Germany.
Dowham was very disappointed on losing “his great find” Szczesny at only 16… there is history with the Szczesny’s, as he coached the father Maciej when he was a player at Legia.
Of Fabianski, there seems to be a deeper rooted feeling, maybe as he worked with him longer.
Apparently Fabianksi is the best decision making goalie he has coached, and the one with the best reflexes he has ever seen!
Whoever wins the battle of the Big Poles, Arsenal will crown a new number one soon enough, I don’t see a January signing on the horizon, no matter how much speculation you read about Reina et al between now and February.
Believe me, Wenger rates this pair, and will have them as 1 & 2, fighting it out.
I’m excited about this, and I am sure both will bring the best out of each other… get behind them both gooners, lift them, don’t knock them lower.
Come in Manuel Almunia…. your time is up!