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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