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19 Apr 2010 02:12:29

Jamie Redknapp: Keep up, Arsene Wenger, your No 1 is costing you

A manager will tell you that the hardest positions to fill are centre forward and goalkeeper. Arsenal have had a blind spot in goal and haven't properly replaced Jens Lehmann, who may have been a divisive character, but played in a team who went unbeaten all season. Maybe Sunday will underline that to Arsene Wenger. He can't keep on like that. Flap-ianski: Lukasz's Arsenal career has been littered with errors WONDER OF WIGAN   More from Jamie Redknapp... Jamie Redknapp: Carlo Ancelotti dared against United - and he won04/04/10 Jamie Redknapp: No Rooney? My pick of Man United & Chelsea's star teams02/04/10 Jamie Redknapp's Champions League watch: Arsenal's total comeback31/03/10 Jamie Redknapp's weekend watch: To be Frank, Lampard is just brilliant 28/03/10 Jamie Redknapp's weekend watch: Stop messing with Gerrard, Rafa21/03/10 Jamie Redknapp's Match Plan: Didier Drogba's desire to get close is vital15/03/10 Jamie Redknapp: Tottenham's Gareth Bale finally showing his true colours14/03/10 Jamie Redknapp's Weekend Watch: Theo Walcott needs more than pace07/03/10 VIEW FULL ARCHIVE   Team of the weekend has to be Wigan; that was an amazing comeback against Arsenal and a brilliant winning goal from Charles N'Zogbia an inconsistent player who can produce the spectacular. I like Roberto Martinez. He's done his time coming through the ranks in England and plays good football. That win keeps them up and that's some achievement. CASE FOR DEFENCE Problems remain in defence for England. We don't have a settled goalkeeper and the best central defender, Ledley King, has long-standing fitness problems, as does Rio Ferdinand. John Terry's form has improved, although he wasn't good at White Hart Lane. I wonder if Fabio Capello will consider it a gamble to select all three. It might be a gamble not to. FEELING BLUES It's the title race that won't go quietly; Chelsea had won it, now they haven't; United were finished, now they're not and Arsenal were back but then lost three goals at Wigan. It's great for the fans and the TV viewers. English clubs out of the Champions League and adead title race was no good for any of us. My money's still on Chelsea,but you never know. TOP OF THE COTTS SteveCotterill is an excellent coach who organises his teams, has a love forthe game and spent far too long waiting for a chance when he was out ofwork. Then he took over at Notts County, who were flounderingafter the ridiculous Sven Goran Eriksson experiment. They avoided going into administration, appointed Cotterill and now they are promoted to League One. Master: Tom Huddlestone is in a rich vein of form THE HUD MASTER Talking about England contenders, you find out about players in the big games when the pressure is on. And Tom Huddlestone has had an outstanding week in games against Arsenal and Chelsea. He ran the midfield in both games, against experienced and quality players. And he has that ability to ping a 30-yard pass. It is an undervalued quality. SUPER SCHOLES Paul Scholes is like a magnet; wherever he went against City, the ball seemed to follow. I admired him when I played with him, against him and now when I'm watching him. The little man is a genius. And his winning goal was a reminder of the days when he played as a striker. He is another who can hit a daisy-cutter pass to a team-mate with accuracy and pace.


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