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Idiot of the Week: Because Sometimes Simply Catching the Ball Is Enough!

Emirates keeper does himself no favours and could have cost the Gunners Premier League title push.

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Kevin Phillips Birmingham City 2009/10

There are some who believe that Fabio Capello should consider calling Spaniard Manuel Almunia up for the England squad and there are some who believe that the Arsenal keeper is actually something of a serial fumbler who really isn’t good enough to be considered as the Emirates number one given the long line of top notch keepers the club has had in the past. I would venture a guess that after Saturday’s blunder at Birmingham City there will be far more people in the later camp than previously.

For some reason the 32 year old Pamplona man decided to parry a sedate header from Kevin Phillips up into the air and behind him when the ball was traveling so slowly that the Arsenal man could have opted to catch the ball and simply fall to the floor and waste a good minute and see out the game and help his side to a crucial win.

Arsene Wenger must have been furious with his goalie given that his side had battled tirelessly to edge a determined Birmingham City side only to see Almunia once again flail away and this latest mistake could well prove very costly indeed and would surely have left the Arsenal boss considering giving young talent Vito Mannone another chance to show what he is capable of.


Birmingham City 1 – 1 Arsenal
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