Is it time to recall Manuel Almunia?

By Avenell Dave

I used to be confused but now I just don't know.

Reading comments and opinions today and discussing the situation with fellow Addicts yesterday, the subject of goalkeepers has been a focus of debate.

How long can Vito Mannone dine out on his heroics against Fulham?

Have his mistakes against Birmingham and West Ham used up the goodwill and confidence us fans and the team had in him or does he still warrant his place?

One thing is for sure, as far as I am concerned: Manuel Almunia is not the long term answer to our goalkeeping situation.

Perhaps that is why Mannone ahs been given an extended run by Arsene Wenger, to see if he can step up and establish himself.

Sadly, his fumbled punch against Brum and then parrying the free kick into Carlton Cole's path haven't helped his cause.

There were times yesterday when defenders looked to him to come for the ball and, whether down to nerves, inexperience or judgement, he left the defender in question bemused by expecting them to deal with it.

We're not the only ones of course - Ben Foster has shown himself to need a while to get used to the top level when deputising at M*nure.

And I am not for one moment blaming Mannone for yesterday's debacle, which, as I said in my earlier post, is down to a lack of hunger and professionalism on the part of players who should not be getting a look-in when everyone is fit.

I expect Lukasz Fabianski will play on Wednesday - but Wenger ahs a decision to make about Saturday because defeat against T*tt*nh*m is unthinkable.

Who do you think should start in goal on Saturday and why? Let us know in the comments section.