Has Vito Mannone not proven himself enough to keep his starting position on Saturday? Why is it that all these media pundits are suddenly reporting that Szczesney should start tomorrow’s match against the Saints? For those that dont know, Szczesney has been out injured and is expected to be fully fit in time for our match against Sunderland, in his place for the last two matches has been Mannone.
Now if put up against a wall and asked to tell the truth else be shot, i’d say Szczesney is the better keeper. But i’m not up against a wall about to be executed and therefore Mannone is the best keeper available for the Gunners come Saturday.Why, you ask? Well it’s really quite simple really. It boils down to a small creeping problem in football called complacency. This complacency steals players ambitions, their drive to succeed and thus hurts the team.
What message are we sending to players out there if they give their everything on the pitch, perform well, then drop back down to the bench once the regular starter recovers from an injury? What is says is that, reserves have little chance of breaking into the first team once a regular starter becomes fit. What does this say to the regular starter? That their position is safe. This leads to complacency. We have the same thing with Wilshere. Yes, he’s talented and yes he’s our no.10 but Arteta and Diaby haven’t given Wenger an excuse to be replaced, so why do it?
Mannone isn’t the most amazing keeper in our team. Its the truth, he isn’t, but he has kept two clean sheets and say what you will, that counts for something in my books.
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