Written by Mean Lean on Monday, 20 August 2007 07:11
Arsene Wenger is not Jose Mourinho when it comes to out of form players. Arsene likes to put an arm on the shoulder of his players where as Jose will tell them to get lost. But Arsene also knows that he can not afford to take risks around his young team
Jens Lehmann's poor form actually started about half way through last season and its carried on into this. You wouldn't expect the big German to be lacking confidence but maybe he is.
Arsene dropped Lehmann a few seasons ago and brought in Almunia but the problem was that Almunia was worse than Lehmann. He was all over the place and Arsene looked a bit silly at the time. Two dodgy keepers in poor form.
Things are different this time around. Almunia is a different keeper to when he first appeared in an Arsenal shirt. He seems to be ahead of new Polish keeper Fabianski for the time being.
I expect Wenger to give Lehmann two more chances. Two more bad goalkeeping displays or two more errors will see Lehmann 'rested' from first team duties.
Jens Lehmann is still the best goalkeeper at the club, but obviously that's only when in form. Jens will have to play the percentages until he can get some form back. No more playing one-two's with our back four. He will have to concentrate for 90+ minutes even if our team is winning 4-0 (Haven't seen that for ages!)
The Ewood park display wasn't bad, we fought hard and no matter what Mark Hughes comes out with, we were the best side last night. It would have been the perfect 1-0 away score line. But at least we didn't lose. Blackburn didn't really look like scoring until the error.
Cesc is still behind his usual level right now, Eduardo needs games and will improve. Flamini is playing well but tactically and from set pieces we need Gilberto infront of the back four. Adebayor will add pace and power upfront as well as match practice we will improve alot more so there is nothing to worry about.
Was letting Djourou go on loan a good idea? Senderos and Djourou are supposed to be back up for Gallas and Toure. Why let one of them go? Its great if Toure and Gallas play every match but after last season we know what can happen.
Manchester United are mirroring our early season start last year. Two home draws and a defeat to Manchester City away looks familiar to me plus injuries to the two main goalscorers of the team sounds very familiar.
Alan Hansen and Gavin Peacock wrote us off last night on match of the day and it made me annoyed. Lets hope the Lehmann and the Arsenal team watched it also.