AFCB editor Andrew Weber rounds up the day’s news…
Fabianski wants to earn respect
The eldest of our two Polish goalkeepers, Lukasz Fabianski, has once again spoken of his determination to prove his critics wrong and earn the respect of the Arsenal fans.
“As a player you have to prove you deserve a chance. I can understand every single shout against me and it can only motivate me to play better and work harder. But of course I am going to do everything in my power to show that I deserve to be respected. Then maybe they [the Arsenal fans] will start singing my name – that would be wonderful.”
I suggest Lukasz pops some Otis Redding on his iPod, because that’s the only place respect is going to come from at this point in time.
But seriously, if there is one thing that I really like about Fabianski (apart his wicked hairstyle) it his willingness to accept criticism and take responsibility for his mistakes.
It’s just a shame that he makes those mistakes in the first place.
Nevertheless, like Manuel Almunia you have to admire his determination to keep working to become a better player, even if he has been unable to show it for the Arsenal first team so far.
My personal opinion of Fabianski is that he will develop into a strong goalkeeper, even if doesn’t happen at Arsenal.
He has the same nuggety feel of Victor Valdes, a player who for his first two seasons in the Barcelona first team combined brilliant shot-stopping performances with some horrendous errors, and could develop quickly if he manages to string a few good games together in a row.
Whether that happens this season (or ever) is hugely debatable however, given his previous performances and the likelihood of another goalkeeper being signed.
Other news bits
- Arsenal Fanshare, an excellent new concept aimed at protecting the club from being owned by a single rich individual by allowing supporters to purchase shares in the club at a fraction of the price of normal shares, has launched.
- Arsene Wenger suggests the new English Quota Rule has the potential to end in multiple court cases.
- Clock End and North Bank have finally returned at Emirates Stadium.
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