Has Fabianksi Turned The Corner?
Fair is fair. It seems we only talk about Lukasz Fabianksi after some sort of howler either by himself or Manuel Almunia, but his performance against Everton brought the curtain down on a good week for the Pole and what may well be the turning point in his Arsenal career.
Any goalkeeper needs to bring a nett gain to his team and in the games against Everton and prior to that, Wolves Fabianksi directly earned his team four points. In contrast, he cost Arsenal at least one at home to Newcastle and as the game panned out, quite possibly all three. He kept Wolves at bay when they were threatening to equalise during the week and although the Gunners had a two goal advantage when he made three excellent saves against Everton, had he failed his team would have faced an awkward final few minutes in which they were likely to face rejuvenated Toffees. In the end the consolation came too late to be anything other than a footnote and that was thanks to Fabianksi.
The next phase of the plan is to maintain the form and truly become a reliable top class goalkeeper. The ability is there, but even in these strong showings, there were signs of things he can improve. He needs to work on commanding his penalty area. There were too many times in the games at Molineux and Goodison Park when his defence could have done with an assertive goalie to help them out of some potentially sticky situations. A prime example being the goal Everton did manage when he came out, thought better of it, before Tim Cahill got on the end of a knock-down that bounced only a couple of yards in front of him. It can hardly be classed as a mistake, let alone a howler, but if he is going to become one of the world’s best, it’s the area he’ll need to improve on.
There’s more good news for Arsene Wenger on the goalkeeping front – and not just because he likes highlight packages soundtracked with the finest electro-funk fusion around. On loan keeper, Vito Maronne made his debut for Hull in the Championship and keep a clean sheet – and you can enjoy it in the below clip. The person who uploaded it describes the performance as a ‘solid shift’ and despite being a rather modest assessment, is probably flattering. He makes one excellent save, a few good ones, but there are a few mistakes mixed in there that he was lucky not to get punished for. Still though Arsenal fans, better he be making silly mistakes at Hull rather than a title chasing side eh?
If you wanted that you could give Alumina a game again.