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Arseblog: Friday 4th April 2003

april 4th

11.45 – There has been little argument over the fact that Jermaine Pennant is an extremely talented young man. Signed for £2m at 16 years of age, you’d have to have something special for Arsene Wenger to pay that much for you at that age. However, there have been lingering doubts over his application. This weekend he was sent home by England Under-21 boss David Platt for breaking curfew after the England team’s return from Portugal at the weekend.

There have been many Arsenal fans who want to see him given a go on the right hand side of midfield, and remain puzzled by the manager’s reluctance to play him. Maybe this is a clue why he doesn’t get a game. Does a 16 year old signed on a big contract to one of the biggest clubs in England have the hunger to dedicate themselves 100% to football? Compare and contrast to Kolo Toure – not as naturally gifted a footballer as Pennant – who has played over 20 games for the first team this season. Because he works hard, is professional in his approach and doesn’t do stupid things like break curfews and get involved in nightclub scraps. It would be a shame if Pennant never made it at Arsenal, he’s obviously talented enough, but maybe he’d be better off being a big fish in a small pond somewhere else.

Lauren reveals he may return to international football at some stage. Erm. Zzzzzz. The latest in the never-ending stream of goalkeepers to be linked with Arsenal is Celta Vigo’s Pablo Cavallero. Arsenal take on Aston Villa tomorrow – out injured are Seaman, Keown, van Bronckhorst, Robert Pires and despite playing the reserves in midweek, Ashley Cole might not be fit enough to take part. Jeremie Aliaidiere is out for the rest of the season having undergone a hernia operation.

There has been some discussion on the forum about embarassing celebrity Arsenal fans – but just thank your lucky stars this pair of smelly old tramps chose exactly the right club to support.

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