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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 24 2007

Time: 3:01PM

Your Comments

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.
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!
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.
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.
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««
we're here all week catch us while we're tepid folks! :)
nikolaijns - hilarious! :-)
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.
heres to 3 in 3 then GK! ;)
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
liverpool are 2 down ten to go
liverpool scored .. :( .....WTF !!! valencia-0 rosenburg -2 !!??
Lets hope Liverpool play the same way on Sunday that they did today. Rafas head will be on the chopping block with this result tonight. 100 mil spent and they lose to Besiktas!! haha Im so glad we have AW!!
'pool are now bottom of their group, they aint gonna be in the most positive frame of mind come Sunday, shame!
maybe tottenham will take liverpools top 4 place this season. oops, wait, where are the totterers? aah, they forgot to show up this season, let's give the place to man city, or portsmouth, or blackburn.
In current form Citeh deserve a top four place - hope they do the chavs at the weekend, Blackburn have an easy one away at the WHL chuckle brothers, dont expect much from Boro against manure but we live in hope!
Using Tupac's song as headline , Wingston? I bet you write your article in 20 minutes and spend 2 hours trying to find a good
Over at the Chelski Vitalfootball, the headlines after every match are "ZZZZZzzzzzzzz".
Seems like you're obssesed with me.BMF must stand for "Be My Friend". What do you want, seriously, do you want me to acknowledge you as a real person (looks like you're screaming "kevin kevin, I EXIST, I'M HERE, PLEASE PAY ATTENTION".Or maybe you want an autograph? Make up your mind son, you have more comments directed at me, than expressing your opinions of your club.
I got BMF from Pulp Fiction, but that's irrelevant. Geez, can't you take a joke? I just thought the Chelski Vitalfootball was inactive and boring that's why you post here and I thought I would make it exciting for you. Okay, can you give me an autograph of all the Chelski players? I could probably sell it on eBay so all the Chelski fans around the world can bid of it. All 5 of them. Kidding. See another joke, if you didn't know.
I'm just messing with ya. Be My Friend? lmao.
BMF stands for Bad Mother F**ker, if you haven't seen the movie but this time, sure, why not. This is what Jens and Almunia should be doing. Stop fighting and be friends. Well, in this case, Lehmann especially should be the one doing it. That is one mad fella.
Good to hear he is not lowering himself to Lehmanns level...he has really disappointed me.
i feel that when we beat liverfools on sunday, all the unwanted attention will be directed at us and this would suit utd. but then again, i would take a win against the fools at the kop any day!!!
sorry wingston, good article mate. i have nuthin but rezpect for almunia this season. he is typically arsenal: not a big star, but works hard, uses his opportunity well and becomes a star eventually. good on the lad hope he does well for us in the next few games. clean sheets would be nice..........pls?
Manu does the job without the theatrics. Jens jas early alheimers for sure, and it is time to send him back home to the fatherland. I just loved Arsene's graciousness as that interview. He really is a gentleman and a fatherfigure to the lads.
but when lehmann eventually leaves in january (which he will) is manu going to be our long term no. 1? fabianski lacks experience at the top level and we need to bring in a class stopper to keep the competition healthy. what are the chances of nicking jaskelainen from bolton?
There's reports of Arsenal being interested in West Ham keeper, Robert Green. Do you guys think Arsenal should buy him? If I was McClaren, I would rather start him than that fat kid from Spurs.
I'd love to see either Jaskelainen or Green picked up in January, if at all possible. I'm still not sold as Alumnia as a full time number one, but I'd love for him to prove me wrong. Either way we need to let Mad Jens go, he's pretty much exhausted his time here. I wouldn't mind grabbing Shay Given either...there's talk of Fat Sam wanting to land Jaskelainen (which makes sense), which would then make Given expendable. Only problem of course is that he's a bit on the smallish side, and with a defensive corps that's already one of the shortest in the league, that might be an issue. He's a hell of a stopper though...always been a big Shay fan.
juusi, green, given are all good keepers but lets give almunia a fair chance. ive got a feeling our defence works well with almunia. certainly kolo looks happier with almunia. he HAS kept clean sheets, sure he has had some "blonde" moments but so has jens (and costed us points). i say stick with almunia and fabianski.
If Jens stays on this path of mumbling, he will eventually come to the point if being really pathetic - as he did when criticizing Oliver Khan for his marital life. On the bright side of it, Jens will be the distraction maneuver with the media, flooding headlines about his "humiliation", that will help everyone else keep their focus. Here's hoping that's the case. About Liverpool, What d'you think of invinting Julio Baptista over for the one really good thing he did for us while in red and white? - Nah, they still haven't benched Hyppia, anyway....
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