Not only is Piers Morgan perhaps Arsenal’s most famous football fan he is probably also their most famous football critic. The television presenter and former newspaper editor from Guildford is one of the most followed men on Twitter with his views on Arsenal also intertwining with those on gun laws in America which has got him in such hot water in the past.
This weekend he was once again letting the world know of his feelings during the Arsenal v West Brom fixture and without doubt said a few things worthy of minimal controversy.
Once again he reserved praise for Gervinho and Aaron Ramsey. In the past he has been hyper-critical of the pair but he had no choice but to accept that recently the two have improved greatly for Arsenal; as have The Gunners results.
But he was not so ecstatic with the performance of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
The Pole has been commended since his return to fitness and first-team action in the place of compatriot Wojciech Szczesny.
However against West Brom he showed some of the attributes that saw him unfavourably referred to as ‘Flappy-Hand-Ski’ for much of his time at The Emirates. While it is always harsh to criticise a keeper for not saving a penalty if there was ever such an occasion this was it; James Morrison’s dribbling effort needed a firm Seaman like boot and that would have sufficed for a less nerve shredding finale at The Hawthorns.
It is the Polish way to be confident off your line and come for everything but if you are looking for a direct dichotomy of how it should and shouldn’t be done then look no further than Artur Boruc’s assured if not unorthodox performance for Southampton against Reading yesterday lunch-time.
I rarely agree with Piers but on this occasion he is correct. Neither Szczesny nor Fabianski is a goalkeeper worthy of taking Arsenal back to the highest level of European football; that is unless the massive ego of Szczesny has been sufficiently reined in by his recent first-team omissions.
Here are the Tweets in question which lead me to ask…
Fabianski's flapping like a hyperactive seagull. When will we get a goalkeeper who exudes any vague sense of safety? #Arsenal— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 6, 2013
Don't blame Mertesacker, had to make the challenge. Don't blame Webb, had to send him off. DO blame Flapianski - should have saved penalty.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 6, 2013
… do Arsenal need a new keeper this summer?
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