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Seaman backs Almunia

Seaman backs Almunia

Arsenal goalkeeping legend, David Seaman, voted at 7th in the poll of the clubs 50 greatest players has backed Almunia as the club`s number 1.

Manuel Almunia has proved he is one of the top keepers in the Premier League and I feel his consistent play means Arsene Wenger can concentrate on improving other areas of the pitch. It is not easy replacing someone of the stature of Jens Lehmann but Manuel did a very good job and kept him on the bench for long spells during his final year at the Emirates Stadium and that has to say something about his ability. Seaman told Sky Sports.

Adding "I saw a big change in him last season. He was more confident in his own ability. When he used to come in for the odd game, he looked nervy but now he's got that confidence about him - he looks the part."

Almunia clocked up 38 appearances last season keeping 17 clean sheets in the process. The 31 year old Spaniard joined the club 4 years ago from Celta Vigo and has had to wait patiently before securing a starting position last season at the expense of Jens Lehmann.

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Date:Wednesday July 16 2008
Time: 11:51AM


Backing doesn't come any better OR bigger than in the form of David Seaman!
16/07/2008 12:24:00
I hope Almunia goes on to have a better season this time around. He was quite good last season, but his confidence will now be higher and this backing of Seaman will surely aid that. He won us a couple of matches last season, and he needs to deliver that consistently.
16/07/2008 12:33:00
When you think he got his chance unexpectedly last season and that was his first real full season, it's not unreasonable to think he will be even better this year on the back of gaining confidence. I wasn't happy with a couple of incidents last year but he deserves his chance.
16/07/2008 12:44:00
I still need convincing, but I'm open to being convinced this year if you know what I mean? I rate him, I just believe a club like ours should have a world class goalkeeper who should be number 1 for his country. I don't see Almunia as world class or as a matchwinner.
Little Dutch
16/07/2008 13:12:00
Agreed LD - He is a good quality keeper, fairly solid, but ultimately a good, well placed shot will always beat him. I think I've only seen him pull off one world class save, where as Mad Jens and Safe Hands would do them at regular intervals. At the end of the day Big Dave is far too nice a guy to say anything bad about anyone!!
16/07/2008 13:16:00
As a goalkeeper myself I think I'm qualified to say that watching Almunia, he's a GOOD goalkeeper but not a Seaman or a Schmeichel world class keeper. There were a couple of times last season when I thought his positioning was a bit suspect and a few goals where I thought Seaman would have saved those shots even in the later stage in his career. I mean would he be able to do a Seaman save like the FA Cup Semi final v Sheff United? I don't think so. Still hopefully this past year has done him some good and I can be proved wrong!
16/07/2008 14:14:00
almunia is a decent keeper but i do think you could do alot better.
16/07/2008 14:20:00
He does make the comfortable save look difficult, but as long as he makes those saves, I dont care. I do agree that he's not a world class keeper, but he's good enough to carry us through this season.
16/07/2008 14:48:00
17 clean sheets last season? Jens only got about 4 or 5 the season before. yes we can do better but to get a world class keeper you need 15-20 million and we dont have that sort of money to spend on a Goalkeeper, Fabianski will be number one in two years time anyway:)
16/07/2008 15:35:00
I agree with LD, I still need convincing. I hope he'll step up to a higher level again next season. A lot has to do with a steady centre half pairing on front of him, and he didn't have that last season. I'll be reall worried if he picks up an injury though. There is a new season ahead, and we as fans must get behind all our players. They start off on a clean sheet and deserve our total backing... that includes Eboue. Come on the Gunners!!!! Can you tell I'm getting excited with a game on saturday!
Bradys Chips
16/07/2008 16:11:00
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