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Dutch Delight & More Mad Mayhem

Do you want the good news or the bad news first?

Good news?

OK.

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Robin the deadly Dutchman will feature in the pretty much meaningless match against Steaua Bucharest tomorrow (that leads me to think he's being made available for the Chelsea game) after finally returning from a long lay off.

Arsenal have being somewhat lacking in the forward department since van Persie was ruled out through injury, and despite being the joint leading top scorer in the league, Adebayor's performances seem to be getting worse, so RvP's valuable skills will be a most welcome edition to this recently defeated squad.

Now for the bad news.

Jens Lehmann has been reinstated as the Arsenal #1 for tomorrows Champions League clash.

In goalkeeping terms this is no bad thing (unless the dude goes mental and starts trying to wreck the joint) as the German number 1 (or is it number 2 now?) is definitely a decent stopper. No, the real reason I ain't so hot on the idea is Mad Jens' attitude and disrespect he has shown to his team mates, his manager & the club in general.

I honestly though Lehmann would never be given the priveledge of wearing the famous Arsenal jersey again.

I wonder if the move is to give the current Arsenal keeper a rest, or whether it's a longer term thing, as, in my honest opinion, Almunia has proved that he is nothing more than an average player so far this season.

Only time will tell!




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 11 2007

Time: 7:28PM

Your Comments

Rockin Van Robin will be immense for the rest of the season! Top Arsenal goalscorer for sure. He and Edu could have a great partnership i believe but he and Ade looked awsome so no complaints. Try him with nicky B off the bench (rvp off the bench to replace Edt/theo0
Goofle
All I can say is YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mogzw
We needed this desperately pre-Chelsea. I wonder if any of Matty, Alex and Cesc will be back to and he is not mentioning it so Chelski aren't preoared. He sort of did that with Villa.
Ozi Gooner
Good news that RvP is back. He is a key figure in the team - maybe THE Key figure along with Cesc. As for the keepers - it doesn't really matter whether Lehmann or Almunia plays. There isn't a cigarette paper of difference between them other than Lehmanns greater experience. Lehmann is in his final season with us and if Almunia isn't the long term answer then between the two of them they will do a job until we find a solution whether it be Fabianski or someone else.
Amos.
Great news on RvP, yay can't wait to have him back! Don't care who's in goal, to be honest, in this particular match. We should win it in normal circumstances (that is, barring any miraculously great goalkeeping of the opponent or stupid ref decisions or some mysterious lack of response to our last defeat on our side). Fingers crossed Slavia hold Sevilla in Prague. But having said that, let's not dread the possibilities of facing Porto (best-case scenario), Real, Barca, Milan or Inter in the next round because they might as well be afraid of us if we keep our form (until the Sevilla defeat that is).
Louisa
Talking about goalies, Daily Mail's running a story about Arsenal monitoring Artur Boruc's departure from Celtic - he has said that he wants to buy out the remaining 1 year of his contract in summer 2008. And guess who, Spurs are reportedly interested in him too. I'd love to have him rather than another rumoured target Gourcuff, who I do rate but don't see happening. Not all clubs have great playmakers. We're blessed with THREE in Cesc, Hleb and Rosicky. Even though Gourcuff's a good player in the making, almost like in a Kaka mould, and though 2 of our playmakers are injured right now and Rosicky's quite injury-prone, I don't see the need to strengthen in that department. But you never know, Arsene has this habit of collecting good players regardless of where they play.
Louisa
I wouldn't mind seeing both Boruc and Gourcuff. Gourcuff would be pretty expensive though and I'm not sure I see Milan being willing to sell, because as you mentioned he is Kaka like and I think they signed him as a replacement incase the Kaka to Madrid stories ever eventuated. Boruc is more likely and you'd have to think if he wants to leave celtic it is for silverware in a bigger league which might make us more likely than Spurs.
Ozi Gooner
do you think he will be too fatigued after his first game in so long to start against the chavs?
ArsenalRob
RVP will cause havoc with ade in partnership. we will be back to our original strength. we should not expect much from rvp for this game, but chelski onwards, i believe he will move up the goalscorers charts.
supersof
Good news about RVP. This game will give him a good few minutes out on the pitch, so that he can start against Chelsea, hopefully. Time for Ade to be rested. As for the goal keeping, I'm indifferent. This may be an opportunity to rest Almunia. I dont expect Steau to test the goal keeper too much during the game.
prits
I hope they now protect him against any serious tackles like the way chelski protected peter chec. Muscle men like Toure, Galas and Ade should threaten those throwing tackles at him, even if it means clenching fists. He and Fab are our title,it belongs to us as long as they are fit.
Readgunner
 

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