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Who says Germans have no sense of humour?

No team list up for this game as I guess everyone was in a state of shock that Mad Jens was in goal. I can't help but feel that Almunia's knee injury was partly in his head having been manningered over this season.

Manninger: (verb) to strip of every last gram of self belief

It has reached the stage for the Spaniard where there must be a real sense of relief not to have to play. No such possibility of that happening in the mind of the Crazy Kraut. His finest moment might have been in the tunnel before the game as he told the ref that it was his duty to look after pensioners!

He made some errors and may have been fortunate to stay on the pitch but he doesn't have to be a good enough keeper to play a season in the premiership. If he's just good enough for half a dozen games then we can be thankful for that in this bizarre season for keepers. To think that in the unbeaten season he`d played 50 out of 55 games, missing only the league cup games. As Graham Stack was our back up that season it's as well we enjoyed a little more fortune then than we have this season.

If Jens had gone off for any reason then Robin van Persie would have gone in goal. After the game Robin claimed, with a smile, that he was actually a very good keeper and that Jens would confirm it which he sort of did, with a smile too. As RvP was such a key to any attacking threat we had though the costs might have outweighed the benefits.

After the game Jens said that if this was the last ever game of his resumed career then at least it was a winning one. A thought that should put a smile on anyone's face but I suspect there are still some challenges left.

We can look forward, from the relative comfort of a much needed win, to LD's match report when he gets back from the game . He'll probably have lost his kiss-me-quick hat and the mixed smells of salty sea air, candy floss, Guinness, fried onions and hamburger fat will have worn off by the time he does.






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The Journalist

Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 10 2011

Time: 4:10PM

Your Comments

I can imagine RVP being good in goal.
gronedrone
A "state of shock that mad Jens was in goal"? Doubt it; that has been the wish of some section of the fan base, you'd think. I like the new word: Manningered. That's a good one and pretty much describes what we have done to poor Almunia :-)
Naijagunner
Stan Kroenke close to a buyout? If it has to be overtaken then better him who has a good background in sports than the ex mafia russian
paul_ownz
The smells are still lingering, even if last night's hangover has been slayed by the hair of the dog! Couple of good points for Lehmann today. He got a loud cheer for berating Diaby for letting his marker go for a first half corner- he went postal at him, which the fans quite enjoyed actually. But for the 3rd goal, Diaby played a huge part by keeping the ball and using it well under pressure deep in his own half. When the team were celebrating the goal, Lehmann ran 40 yards to Diaby to congratulate him for his part in the goal. I think the supporters enjoyed seeing both of those incidents.
Little Dutch
Looks Like Kroenke is going for full control of you club - other gooners I've spoken to not overly convinced it's a good idea. Thoughts? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1375539/Stan-Kroenke-plans-Arsenal-takeover.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
fifthcolumnblue
I suspect most would prefer the multiple ownership to continue but Lady N has been looking to sell for more than a year and Fiszman has no one to leave the shares to who would play an active part. The problem of succession will have to be resolved at some point. Kroenke does seem set to run the club on similar lines and providing 25% remains out of his hands (which is quite possible) he is unlikely to be able to do anything that might destabilise the club even if he were inclined to do so. The good thing is that he is used to running sports enterprises and doesn't have any previous for lumbering them with debt.
Amos.
RVP in goal? *shudder*. Not that he wouldn't do a decent job, but it's just another way for him to get injured.
krismon1
Was great to see the old man get a game and shown the respect he deserves .... but let's hope that's the last we see of him this season eh?
Rocky7
I think he did a very good job from wot i can see from MOTD, but they never give you a true picture of wot is going on.
JLOWEP
It's impossible to express adequately how much I loved seeing Jens--Jens playing well, that is, and yelling at his teammates. If he'd made a major error we'd be singing a different tune. But he didn't-I love that crazy German.
jaelle
 

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