Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Alan Green: Arsene Wenger to blame for keeper blunders

Harry Redknapp — I think — was only jesting when he said that Arsene Wenger is turning from being a “professor” into “one of the key nutters” after 14 years managing in the Premier League. But you get his drift.

And the Frenchman, certainly in league terms — he’s yet to convince me he actually cares about winning in the Carling Cup: who does? — had a week he’d rather forget. Losing his rag and control of his tongue at the Stadium of Light is one thing, seeing his lauded team beaten at home by West Bromwich Albion is another.

Most of you will have seen Manual Almunia make a horrendous error to gift the Baggies’ second goal rather erasing the ‘good’ he’d done in saving Chris Brunt’s penalty.

Surely, it was another reminder to Wenger of his foolishness in declining to spend some of the funds available to him on a decent goalkeeper.

All it took to persuade Fulham to release Mark Schwarzer — a hero against Everton on Saturday — was £4 million.

That’s a pittance in relation to the profits recently announced by Arsenal and could be the difference between winning a trophy and extending a barren run.

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