Rescued from a sinking Malaga ship, Santi Carzola has taken long to assert himself on the Premier League; a trio of outstanding displays so far this season has already certified that Arsenal were right to fork out £18m for his thrilling services.
After wayward claims that Wenger had lost his tough in the transfer market, the Frenchman has hand-picked a magician to pull the strings in his midfield trio. Complimenting fellow Spaniard Mikel Arteta’s flair and Abou Diaby’s resilient strength, Carzola fits the Gunners midfield like a hand to a glove.
After assisting Lukas Podolski’s strike at Anfield, Carzola then, owing to some poor goalkeeping, struck his first Arsenal goal in a 2-0 victory – coupled with a scheming display, the Spanish deservedly took his managers plaudits.
Blessed with sublime vision and transcendent technical ability, Carzola is the prominent pivot in Wenger’s midfield musketeers. Starring, threateningly, behind the ominous Olivier Giroud in attack, the 5ft 6 maestro is the metronome that makes Arsenal tick, the orchestrator to Wenger’s masterpiece and the director of the Gunners play.
Lack of stature is no periphery for the pocket sized magician, more than accounting for it for his exquisite movement and cunning passing. Like many, I wish my club went after him but for now, Arsenal has found the perfect piece for his Arsenal jigsaw.
TRASH! – Pepe Reina
Mr. Reliable for many years has unfortunately dragged his reputation down slightly with some lackluster displays of late. As if his fumble for David Templeton’s goal for Hearts on Thursday wasn’t enough, he gifted Santi Carzola his strike on Sunday, leaving Reds fans pondering; ‘Where has the real Pepe disappeared off to?’
After winning the Premier League Golden Glove award for most clean sheets in his first three seasons at Anfield, Reina became one of the best keepers in the league; consistent and dependable, he never missed a league game for the Reds in over five years before his silly red card against Newcastle United last season, condemning himself to watch, frustratingly from the sidelines.
Of course, his two dire showings in recent days does not relegate him as being an ‘appalling goalkeeper, with no sense and in fraught need of some catching practice’ however obvious that may seem, nevertheless it does beg the question as to what has happened to the ‘real Reina’?
Well regrettably, I do not have the answer, although I have an opinion.
You look beyond Pepe Reina and into the dark dusty and ultimately desolate realm of quality back up goalkeepers at Liverpool – to me, Doni and Brad Jones offer little other than a fall back option for Rodgers, should Reina get injured.
Someone needs to be under Reina, pushing him along, exigent for his spot; someone young, vibrant, fresh and promising. Not Dorus De Vries, but Jack Butland. Perfect. Butland’s youth is enough to provide Liverpool with a necessary long term option between the sticks yet his lucid raw talent right now is adequate to challenge Reina.
More of a debatable point than a trash, but Reina’s recent showings have been fairly rubbish…