Worst XI: Bad Guardians Of The Goal

In this week’s edition of our worst XI, we have a look at the goalkeepers that weren’t quite up there with the sort of hype surrounding them to precede those before them. Though under Wenger’s reign, we’ve had quite a handful of keepers we could rely on, but this piece entails those that were far apart from being good.

Mart Poom

Poom’s debut for the club came in the League Cup against Everton as a half-time replacement for injured Almunia, and his only Premier League match came in a goalless draw against his former club Portsmouth on the last day of the 2006–2007 season.

Poom was brought in as short-term cover for Lehmann and Almunia in 2005, he was signed on a permanent deal in January 2006. A member of Arsenal’s 25-man European squad, the Estonian won a Champions League runners-up medal without even making an appearance on the bench.

Rami Shaaban

Rami comes from Sweden with high hopes of becoming Seaman’s successor, could have seen his Gunners career take off but suffered a broken leg on Christmas Eve in 2002 which halted his progress.

He’s the son of an Egyptian father and a Finnish mother he was later sent on loan to West Ham United, where he failed to make an appearance, and had a short stint at Brighton and Hove Albion before returning to Sweden

Richard Wright

Wright made his debut against Derby County, keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 win at Pride Park and he saved an Angelos Basinas penalty to help his side win 2-1 on his UEFA Champions League debut against Panathinaikos.

Despite an injury to Seaman that gave him an extended run in the team, he did not capitalise on the opportunity, punching the ball into his own net in a 4–2 home defeat to Charlton Athletic when trying to clear from Paul Konchesky. He only made 18 starts in 12 months moved to Everton in search of first-team football.

Vito Mannone

Vito Mannone was highly rated when he signed for Arsenal at age 18-year-old from Atalanta, and got his first taste of English football in a loan spell at Barnsley. He would eventually make his way into the goalkeeper’s pecking order but was never more than the third choice. He would go on to make 15 Premier League appearances during his time with the Gunners.

He was sold to Sunderland for £1.5m in 2013 and has ever since been dislodged by Costel Pantilimon and newly signed Everton Keeper Jordan Pickford.

Stuart Taylor

Taylor joined Arsenal in 1997 as a youth player, rising through the ranks in the early years of Wenger’s era and was a player who showed plenty of promise but became another dead wood who failed to make the step up when it mattered. He would, later on, go on to have loan spells at Bristol Rovers, Crystal Palace, Peterborough and Leicester City before joining Aston Villa in 2005.

During his time at Arsenal, Taylor made 24 league games in 10 years and got a Premier League medal in the season of 2001-2002 which he made 10 appearances that were enough to secure him the Premier League medal.

There you have it, the worst goalkeepers to grace the goal of our dear club. Cast your votes below.