Arsenal season review – player ratings (Part 1: goalkeepers)

| June 12, 2013 | 3 Comments

Wojciech Szczęsny- 6.59 (33 appearances)

25 appearances in Premiership – 6.78

3 appearances in Champions’ League – 5.83

4 appearances in FA Cup – 6.62

1 appearance in Capital One Cup – 6.0

It was a turbulent season for Szczesny – he had problems with injuries, mistakes that led to goals, his No.1 spot was taken by Fabianski at the beginning of our incredible run-in and his father accused Wenger for undermining his son’s career… Luckily, Chez managed to overcome all that and gave a string of very fine performances at the end of the season. He is still far from his peak given he’s only 23 but he has to work on eliminating his flaws. His distribution has been average and sometimes he didn’t handle the ball well so opponents had chances from rebounds. He might be even better if Wenger signs an experienced goalkeeper to keep Sczszesny on his toes or if Fabianski extends his contract with Arsenal and gets rid of his injuries.

Vito Mannone – 6.30 (13 appearances)

9 in Premiership – 6.22

4 appearances in Champions’ League – 6.5

Only a few people could imagine Vito Mannone would be the first-choice goalkeeper for some part of 2012-13. Granted, his status was mostly a consequence of Fabianski’s and Sczszesny’s injuries but one would expect that Wenger would rather sign a short-term solution than to trust in Mannone.

However, despite all the doubts that were cast on his abilities, Mannone actually wasn’t that bad. He gave some good performances – especially at Old Trafford and Anfield – but was the one to blame for poor reactions after set-pieces against City and Chelsea. He allowed Grant Holt to score a winning goal after some meek handling of Hoolahan’s shot but he also managed to deny Jamie Mackie in the last seconds against QPR and saved us two points. It would be too harsh on him to say he is a poor goalkeeper but he might be the one for the weaker sides in Premiership – perhaps a return to Hull wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Italian.

Łukasz Fabiański – 7.1 (5 appearances)

4 appearances in Premiership – 6.87

1 appearance in Champions’ League – 8.0

Our second Polish goalkeeper was our lucky omen for the season. He was between the sticks five times and on each of the five occasions the Gunners won, including on the soil of European champions Bayern with Fabianski getting himself a clean sheet. His contract is expiring next month and there are no signs (pun intended) that he’ll extend his stay at Emirates. His kicking might need improving.

Damian Martinez – 4.75 (2 appearances)

2 appearances in Capital One Cup – 4.75

The Argentinian didn’t get too many chances in the season for Wenger to use all four goalkeepers with only two outings in Capital One Cup under Martinez’ belt. He failed to keep a clean sheet against Coventry and was part of the terrible defensive set-up in the ludicrous 7:5 victory over Reading so it’s not like he helped himself. Who knows what will happen with his career – perhaps a loan spell like the one Mannone had at Hull would do wonders for his improvement.


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  • Dech

    Who needs a new keeper? We’re fine between the posts.
    Allez Le Boss

  • Ian Hawthorne

    Szczesny is young and will improve and does NOT need replacing. Has everybody forgotten the star jump save to deny RVP against Man Utd and the spectacular save against Wigan at the start of the second half when they were briefly on top and it was 1 – 1

    • Josif

      I most certainly did not. I believe there were too many critics on Szczesny’s account. After all, he saved us at least eight points with his saves, maye even more.