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Arsenal’s Main Man

by | 2nd, March 2005

‘MANUEL is not a name that encourages Arsenal fans to believe their team’s fortunes are in safe hands.

Sentenced to three years at St Andrew’s

Manuel Almunia may not be from Barcelona (he was born in Pamplona), but like his TV namesake he is well used to serving up disappointing fare.

Until last night that is when the Spaniard with the hang-dog expression saved two penalties to take the Gunners into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

“AN AL OF HERO,” says the Sun, which was in Sheffield last night to see Arsenal win the tie in a penalty shoot-out.

What odds a headline like that when Almunia was letting in soft goals and coming for crosses with all the conviction of a demented vampire?

Elsewhere, however, it was normal service, as the glamour of the Cup was treated to Premiership sides Blackburn Rovers and Southampton beating lower league Burnley and Brentford, respectively.

And it is pretty much normal service off the pitch as well as the Sun publishes CCTV footage of Everton striker James Beattie “trading blows” outside a nightclub.

The Express throws a spotlight on Alex Curran, Liverpool captain Steve Gerrard’s 21-year-old fiancé, who is vying with Coleen McLoughlin for the title of “queen of shopping”.

Considering the gilet, the earrings, the hair extensions, the bag, the tan, the watch, the tracksuit and the boots, Alex seems to be sporting around £31,000 worth of clobber.

And then there’s the Mirror’s story of Jermaine Pennant (“Jermaine Penance”), the Arsenal player on loan to Birmingham City, who has just been jailed for three months.

His crime was to have been caught drink driving while being banned from the road.

But not to worry, dry your eyes, because, as the Times says, Birmingham plan to sign the player permanently as soon as possible.

Which is probably just what he deserves…’

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