Keep the faith Arsenal fans - and don't blame Almunia!

By Avenell Dave

If there is an Addict out there who thinks Manuel Almunia or Denilson are good enough for Arsenal, will you please leave the building now and turn off the light?

I've said it many times before, that Arsenal are too reliant on certain players and do not have the squad to cope with injuries and suspensions.

Sadly, we all know what the problem is, but to think that the board or Arsene Wenger will spend a lot of money is to think of a huge cultural change at the club.

Perhaps that is where the problem lies.

Ivan Gazidis has said at AST meetings that second place is not good enough for Arsenal, but the fact remains that until pressure is put on the players or even Wenger to do what is necessary to win things and until the board give him a huge pot to spend, what is going to change?

As I said to fellow Addicts after the match, to be without Szczesny, Djourou, Vermaelen, Song, Fabregas and Walcott deprives us of players almost certain to be involved, if not starting. That's half a team.

Much as we can be angry with Wenger for not buying another centre-back in January or even players in some of the other positions where we could improve and add quality, the injuries in goal have been unbelievable, even by our standards.

Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny are both out until the end of the season and May respectively and you have to hope the latter recovers with the speed RvP did from his last injury.

Almunia cannot be blamed for being a poor goalkeeper - had we not had the injuries we have had, he would have been sold in January.

We can all scratch our heads and scream furiously at his mad advance out of goal which led to WBA's second, but the fact is, as I said last week, he is guaranteed to make mistakes. That's why the defenders have no confidence in him and why he cannot be trusted.

We need to be resolute in defence and that means not letting teams get a sniff of our goal.

When you look at how many chances other teams have and score form, it shows where our problems lie. We need half a dozen clear chances or more to get a goal, the opposition, like WBA on Saturday, score with their only on-target attempts.

That simply isn't good enough.

We have to hope that the internationals come back safely, particularly RvP, Andrey Arshavin and Samir Nasri, but we also need to get bodies back ahead of the next Premier League game.

We're stuck with Almunia for a few weeks more and have to hope he plays more like Barca away than WBA away when called upon. And then he must leave in the summer.

As for Denilson? Well, if Wenger hasn't realised what a sub-standard player he is by now, he knows less about football than I think he does.

Roll on Blackburn. It's still in our hands.