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SavageGooner interviews 15yearoldgooner

by on July 1, 2011

First things first, welcome to the blog and thanks for taking the time to do this.
No problem – happy to help!

Onto the questions then:

The dust has settled since last season, what were the highlights and lowlights for you?

A few obvious games stood out as highlights – Barcelona, Chelsea, and Manchester United at home. I also enjoyed Everton at home, when we came back down from 1-0 in the second half. The fans were quite rightly aggrieved about the awarding of Louis Saha’s goal, so everybody pulled together to roar the team on. Obviously it worked! Another game I’ll remember would be the 3-0 at home to Ipswich. We were so close to a trophy, and we almost went out, so it was a huge relief when Bendtner curled the ball in. As for the lowlights – defeats to West Brom, Tottenham and Aston Villa stand out. Interesting that the best and worst points of the season were at home.

Which players impressed you most and which were a disappointment?

It’s difficult to form an overall opinion of the players because individually (as well as a team) we were so inconsistent. Nasri, Walcott, Song, Chamakh, Djourou and Szczesny were all terrific in patches but had their bad moments – not just talking about Szczesny and Koscielny’s mix-up against Birmingham. Koscielny is another to add to the list. I was hugely impressed with Fabianski when given his chance; against Everton, Wolves and Man City (all away) he was absolutely superb. He was so good that I wouldn’t argue with him reinstated as numero uno. I was disappointed as well with some of the players I said I was impressed with – Djourou and Walcott really went off the boil, Chamakh and Nasri too. Samir is a strange one – he was on fire at points but at other times he didn’t turn it on. He played his best on the right, no doubt – perhaps Walcott’s reintroduction on the right flank, which forced Nasri on the left, hindered him a little. He didn’t impress me in the big games – he was quiet against Man United and Chelsea (away and home respectively) and in other games when we desperately needed something from him.

What do you hope to see Arsene Wenger doing in the transfer market?

Trying to keep hold of our best players while adding to the squad. Players like Diaby can be told to shape up or get out – I’m fed up of him in all honesty. Players that contribute little and/or want out can go – Bendtner, Denilson, Almunia and probably Rosicky too. I’m disappointed at how Bendtner’s Arsenal career has turned out, because I really believed in him and thought he could come good in the end. I guess if he does, it’ll be at some other club. As for the ins, I think we need a couple of new attackers – wingers and strikers – a new centre midfielder, a centre back or two, and a left back for if Clichy goes. Not too much then, Arsene…

For years we’ve seen speculation about the goalkeeping department at the club, with Fabianski and Szczesny both impressing last season, do we still need a new goalkeeper?

Pretty much answered this question earlier I think! But I think we need a better number three than Mannone/Martinez, someone with experience. The name of Craig Gordon has been banded about, and I suppose he wouldn’t be too bad an idea as long as he could stay fit. The thing about back-up goalkeepers is that they have to be ready to step in at any time, something Fabianski struggled with before. Consistent playing time is key for ‘keepers, so when they’re playing a game every now and then, it’s difficult to gain that consistency. So I think an experienced ‘keeper with back-up experience would be preferable.

Much has been made about the futures of fringe-players such as Carlos Vela, Henri Lansbury and Kyle Bartley; can Arsene Wenger give them the chances they need while still keeping experience in the side and challenging for honours?

I think those three can be the players selected in the cups and in less important games, ie. Champions League games if we don’t need the points – as long as we get to the group stages! I think Vela and Lansbury can also get some good sub appearances under their belts, although it’s difficult for defenders being introduced as a sub I think. Maybe we should get to January, having given them as much playing time as we can afford them, and see where we are. If we need them, keep them, if not, loan them out. We can always recall them if we need them, I think.

Thanks again for the time and hopefully this won’t be the last time we see you on the blog.

Any time mate – hopefully not!

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