Turf Moor and Goalkeeping

Following Sunday’s win at Anfield it’s another tough League game tonight away at Turf Moor against Burnley.
Personally I’m happy to see Burnley back in the top flight. They were regulars in the old First Division when I started watching Arsenal in 1968, usually played decent football and produced a lot of top players from their youth scheme.
The first time I visited Burnley I couldn’t believe how such a small place could have a top flight team. The current population is less than ninety thousand, about half the population of the Borough of Islington. I just hope we travel home with the three points in our bag tonight. Having made up ground over the weekend on Chelsea and Manchester United we need to keep up the pressure now. If we were choosing a time to play in north-east Lancashire a cold midweek night in December wouldn’t be it, but it is what it is. These are the games we have to win if we’re to pull ourselves back into contention in the League.
Our now expected “luck” with injuries continues with Denilson and Armand Traoré ruled out with knocks. Emmanuel Eboué is fit for selection however. Let’s hope the manager’s rant at half-time on Sunday at Anfield has stuck in the minds of the players. I’m afraid that Manuel Almunia again showed his fallibility against Liverpool. I am however becoming increasingly to the opinion that we may have just unearthed the long term solution to the goalkeeping spot in Polish youngster Wojciech Szczęsny. He’s been getting rave reviews for his performances on loan for Brentford. He was man of the match against Leeds United at the weekend. Last month he got his first full cap for Poland in a home friendly against Canada which means we’re in the highly unusual position of having two goalkeepers who’re full internationals for Poland in Szczęsny and Lukasz Fabiański.
There are reports that Szczęsny, who is due to return from his loan spell at Griffin Park on 20 December will be loaned out to another English club or possibly to an Italian outfit. Let’s hope he keeps up his excellent current progress.
Keep the faith!

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