Maybe Almunia just seemed like the reincarnation Lev Yashin in training each day or something, but just could not translate it into actual games.
It was a weird situation in any case, as Arsenal repeatedly seemed to be on the brink of signing a journeyman replacement, like Schwarzer or someone, only for it to fail because of a slightly raised asking price or wage demand or something.
Yeah, I think, ironically, Seaman and Lehmann probably both dropped bigger bollocks but were infinitely better keepers generally.He never really made "mistakes" per se. He was just so below the standard required that he allowed goals that most competent keepers would have saved in their sleep. Not many real memorable howlers tbh, he was just crap.
Tbf Almunia's real awfulness didn't become apparent until 2-3 years after that call was made. His apparent drop off from being mediocre to very bad was quite drastic.Yeah, I think, ironically, Seaman and Lehmann probably both dropped bigger bollocks but were infinitely better keepers generally.
There's a case to be made that Arsene inexplicably preferring Almunia to mad Jens as his #1 was the beginning of the end.
Yeah in my head he had 1 good season at Hull then joined Liverpool. Hadn't realised he was there for 3 seasons.I forgot Robertson at Hull. That makes justifying his inclusion that much easier. My XI would be the same except I'd put Kante in for Sterling and go 4-3-3.
There are some amazing stories about how bad Arsenal's goalkeeping coach was in this era. Peyton I think was his name.Tbf Almunia's real awfulness didn't become apparent until 2-3 years after that call was made. His apparent drop off from being mediocre to very bad was quite drastic.
Wenger's record with keepers one of the most overlooked dubious aspects of his managership though imo. Was lucky to inherit a world class GK in Slim his prime in Seaman, and made an important and good signing in Lehmann, but other than that, most of his signings were disastrous (Rami Schaaban anyone?).
Fabianski and Chesney also significantly improved after leaving Arsenal, one might argue.
I'd never have sterling in any team. What about fabregas? Maybe henderson for the Champions leaguePremier League team of the decade?
Defence is a tough one because a lot of stalwarts like Cole, Terry, Vidic, Ferdinand etc all retired midway through the decade.
On reflection, I didn't realise how long ago Robertson had joined Hull or how long Terry was still going at Chelsea.
Roberto CarlosA 90s side with a magic square midfield (players chosen for their best decade only)
Cafu had his best years in the 2000s imo, and the same goes for Nesta, Zidane, Scholes. Baresi in the 80s. Matthaus I am not sure about if he was better in the 80s or not. If not him, then Redondo.
As I wrote in that post, Nesta's best years were in the 2000s. Baresi's in the 80s. Same goes for Koeman. Adams vs Hierro is debatable. Desailly and Blanc also in the mix.Hierro over Nesta and Baresi also itstl.
Probably wouldn't even have Hierro ahead of Koeman and Tony Adams tbh.