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Manuel: 'I Ain't Mad Atcha, Jens'

Manuel: 'I Ain't Mad Atcha, Jens'

Arsenal's current incumbent between the sticks, Manuel Almunia, 'ain't bovvered' about Jens Lehmann shouting from the rooftops about how he's the best goalie at the club, and is the only one to win the league with L'Arse.

Almunia, currently on an unbeaten run between the sticks for the Gunners (which has included 7 clean sheets out of 8, and 11 games without defeat - the 12th being the CC tie with Newcastle, which saw Fabianski make an assured debut in goal), is reported in the Daily Mail as saying,

I don't care. I am not worried about that. Nothing can disturb me and nothing can turn my mind to other things.

Maybe if I was playing badly I would be more worried. But now for me life is fantastic and when I'm playing well I honestly don't mind other things.


Which is nice. And perhaps if Jens spent a little more time concentrating on his goalkeeping performances, as Almunia seems intent on doing, instead of badmouthing his rivals for the goalie jersey, he might regain his position.

However, given his latest offering, uttered in Germany, about Wenger 'humiliating' him, don't bet on Jens getting that place (it's not 'his', it's there for whoever is performing best, and on the strength of the evidence so far this season, that hasn't been Jens...) back any time soon. In fact, don't bet on Jens being at the club beyond January.

In the post-match interview on ITV last night, when he was asked about Jens' comments, Arsene Wenger replied that he has a lot of respect for Jens, and that he is not out to humiliate anyone, before remarking about how there is a future for Jens at the club. But it wasn't the words that he used, the smile that accompanied the last comment seemed to be delivered without any warmth, and suggested that Le Boss was less-than-pleased with Lehmann's latest airing of grievances.

Looking forward to Sunday's clash with Liverpool, Mani/Manu (Mork calling Orson?) said

Sunday's game is the biggest test yet we've had and for me. We will see how strong Arsenal are and victory will mean we are prepared to win the title.

It won't be easy, that's for sure, but with the unity of this team right now, and the football they showed last night, going to Anfield and getting a result is by no means out of the question. And we'll want to avenge that 'big four off-day' that we endured last season at Anfield, which blotted an otherwise immaculate copybook, in terms of our performances against the other clubs from the top four.

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Writer:Wingston
Date:Wednesday October 24 2007
Time: 3:01PM

Comments

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It would be a big step forward if we were to get a result at Anfield. Liverpool will see it the same way of course. They have won only the one home game in the PL so they'll be just as concerned about their chances. Is a draw a good result for us? It probably is but having won 14 of the 15 competitive matches this season it might not be seen that way by everyone.
Amos.
24/10/2007 15:14:00
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Whilst the result on Sunday will not have a bearing on the league title a defeat may affect the team in an adverse way. The 50th 'Invincibles' game, when we lost to the Manc scum, was catastrophic when our confidence plummeted. Hopefully Arsene will be able to do something about this when the inevitable happens as it surely will one day. Let's hope it wont be this weekend (or the next)! The boys are a joy to watch!
Emkay
24/10/2007 15:51:00
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a win at anfield could be the most important result of our season. We have to go into each game wanting to win of course, but i'm looking at a win and a draw in those games, no matter which one is which, that would really solidify our title aspirations into genuine favourites in my mind.
ArsenalRob
24/10/2007 16:41:00
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yep nice to see he's turning into a right proper stopper and not a stroppy stopper, lets hope on Sunday he aint a sloppy stopper that is a flop in front of the kop causing a points dropper, thus losing our position as league topper.
nikolaijns
24/10/2007 18:23:00
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otherwise we'll come a cropper, whereas we want a performance that's a whopper, and anyway, benitez looks like dennis hopper, or a copper called Popa(dopoulos) (ahem, sowee)
»»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
24/10/2007 18:32:00
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we're here all week catch us while we're tepid folks! :)
nikolaijns
24/10/2007 19:28:00
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nikolaijns - hilarious! :-)
Gooner_Vin
24/10/2007 20:14:00
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Ha liverpool are 1-0 down in turkey. Another Hypia own goal. Thats 2 in 2 for the defender. That has to at least tie a record for consecutive games with an own goal.
gunnerkid107
24/10/2007 21:03:00
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heres to 3 in 3 then GK! ;)
nikolaijns
24/10/2007 21:12:00
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ohh please stop(a)...i wont even try this. well done to niko and wingston y'all should start a group. the scousers are in trouble in turkey theres 20 to go and they are down by 1
anonymous
24/10/2007 21:18:00
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