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Arseblog: Monday 22nd July 2002

july 22nd

09.45 – Richard Wright been linked with a move to Everton again.

Richard Wright pointing at the exit door....?

It appears as if another goalkeeper with great -albeit unfulfilled – potential is about to be lost to Arsenal because of the extended career of David Seaman.

First Manninger, now Wright. If the deal goes ahead, it leaves us with an injury prone 38 year old, and a flapping 20 year old in Stuart Taylor. I really hope Arsene Wenger knows what he’s doing.

Could goalkeepers be his blind spot?

If Wright does leave, it will be hard to blame him. There isn’t really competition for the goalkeeper’s jersey – a fit Seaman will always play, as AM13 found out. But Seaman can’t go on forever. He had a great run of form at the end of the last season that seemed to make people forget about some distinctly dodgy performances in the two previous seasons. If he can keep up the good form and stay clear of injury, then we have no problems. It’s a big ‘if’ though.

It’s never been quite clear why we actually signed Wright – Wenger’s attention last summer was firmly placed on Jerzy Dudek, and we all know how close we came to signing him. Obviously he knows he needs to find a replacement for DS1, but so far hasn’t found the right candidate. Anyone got any suggestions?


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