Vito may not be the Godfather, but he should start tomorrow

By Avenell Dave

Is it fair to say that most Addicts have lost all faith in Messrs Almunia and Fabianski?

I get the feeling we all have all decided that neither is worthy of wearing the Arsenal shirt.

How many points have they cost us?

How many games have we lost because of basic errors on their part?

How many times does the defence look shaky because the players have so little faith in their keeper?

I've always been one to give players as much benefit of the doubt as possible but it's gone beyond the point of no return for both as far as I am concerned.

How Fabianski gets starts for Poland I don't know, and the fact that Almunia has never been capped at any level by Spain says it all.

So why not give Vito Mannone another chance?

He may be a rookie and did look shaky at times, but on the basis that he has not done enough yet to raise serious doubts about his potential or ability, he should start tomorrow.

He did brilliantly against Fulham early in the season and perhaps was to blame for a goal against Blackburn but he has the chance to show that he should be our number two next year.

Although the cushy surroundings of London Colney and the generous wages are a huge temptation, I would imagine at least one of Almunia or Fabianski will move on in the summer.

Whether we sign a world class keeper or just rely on what we have, there's no doubt to me that Chesney will really push on, while hopefully being given the chance to establish himself slowly without too much extra pressure.

Listening to the Arsene Wenger interview on Arsenal TV, I was shocked to hear him say how great our attitude has been lately.

Maybe the players have not let the disaster of the Wigan game affect them - keeping their spirits high.

I'd like to think that that was down to the way the club manages not to let players get downhearted, but the pain of defeats has to push players on.

I fear that some of them don't care enough.

Abou Diaby is a real bugbear for me. Reading the comments on here and other sites, it seems about 70% agree with me and 30% think he's great or has great potential. I don't see it anymore but I'd be delighted to be wrong.

With RvP back and Alex Song back, Diaby and Craig Eastmond (who looks pretty good) should step down. The latter will be overawed by such a game where Citeh's players will be right in his face.

Even before the Juve rumours, I've been hearing lots on the grapevine about Bacary Sagna being off in the summer, wanting a new start after his personal problems of the last two years - his brother died and he makes no secret of the impact it had on his performaces, understandably.

So I'd play Manu Eboue, who offers more attacking options and will perhaps stifle their left-wing attacking impetus and who, it has to be said, is in better form than the Frenchman.

There's nothing I'd like more than to wipe the smug smiles off Adeb*ywh*re's face but let's make no bones about it, this is the strongest Citeh side we've faced in decades.

As Wenger said, all of us need to get behind the team like never before and help erase the psychological blows of winning just one in the last six games.

It's going to be intense tomorrow, but that's what football is all about.

Arsenal forever.

Addict XI


Eboue Campbell Silvestre Clichy

     Rosicky Song Nasri

Walcott Bendtner van Persie

What do you think? Who should start against Manchester Citeh tomorrow?