Alfie´s Arsenal Squad Report And Review Part 1- The Goalkeepers
SEASON RATING 1:
The Veteran’s final season in his long and fruitful career was an ok one. He started the campaign as our first choice goalkeeper and was forced to try and adapt to Emery’s style of passing out from the back and predictably was not particularly able to make such a big adaptation late in his career. Failure to adapt aside, his ability to command his box and stop shots was relatively astute as ever. He started to pick up form just before he sustained an injury which opened up the position to Bernd Leno, who thrived, thus limiting the Czech’s game time. An all time Premier League Great who ultimately ended his final season in disappointment. His professionalism and leadership within the dressing room will be missed. ?VERDICT: 6️⃣
SEASON PLAYER RATING 2:
Leno’s first season in English football has, on the whole, been an excellent one. The German has thrived since replacing Petr Cech as our number 1 in late September, particularly in the latter stages of the season, where he made a number of spectacular saves that have ultimately kept us in several matches. Whilst he had a slight dip mid way through the season where he particularly seemed to struggle with the physicality of the league, making a few mistakes when attempting to command his box (something that can be improved on), he has essentially been the saviour of our dire defence on several occasions and can surely cement this place as his position for several years to come at the club. ? VERDICT: 8️⃣
Do you agree?
Yeah and not Palace, oops someone fell for the fake news?
Haha if I remember rightly the same happened last season! The leak was completely wrong ?
Yeah me Declan, but I did say “if you believe the rumours”
I won’t be having sleepless nights about Cech’s retirement!!
Not a favourite of mine
Me neither Sue, Hope you’re well.
Very well, thanks Kenny ? hope all is well with you too!
Our first four fixtures are
Burnley at home
spurs at home
Wow what a start!
Not forgetting United away 7th game
Arsenal v Man U on New Year’s Day.
Arsenal v Watford on final day of season.
On the subject of keepers admin, I would like to say what a great pro and stalwart Martinez has been for this club and I feel he more than deserves a chance as back up for Leno,he has never as far as i know kicked up a fuss about being sent out on loan or about his lack of opportunities and he is a good keeper,leno will be a great keeper for us I am sure and good luck to czech who is also a model pro and has handled himself with dignity after losing No1 spot good luck to him. I hope Martinez stays and gets the opportunity to challenge Leno he seems to have been here for an lifetime and he is still relatively young for a keeper,Newcastle away,tricky but lets hope a new look Arsenal will be all guns blazing with Auba and Lacca banging in the goals again.
Agree with that Tommo. Martinez has been very professional and deserves his promotion. Far as I’m concerned, should have happened earlier
Spot on him and ospina in their final year as are macey and iliev. For me we can get money for ospina this year and may be a little bit for macey or at least get his wages paid for a year. Martinez deserves to be the “midweek” keeper. Iliev I would send out on loan or use as 3rd choice, but he will soon be 25, already is in the Macedonian squad, so it might also be time to let him go. In addition we be bringing in a 21 year old German and we also have a fantastic prospect in Arthur okonkwo, so why not let him be 3rd keeper and play the checkatrade and most u23 matches after all he is only 18.