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Gunners win shoot-out as Blades are scythed down…

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An epic 310 minute encounter finally came to an end last night, when Ashley Cole slotted home his penalty in a dramatic shoot-out. The real hero of the night, though, was Manuel Almunia, who, despite a cagey performance, made two and a half outstanding saves from the spot.

I say “two and a half” because one outstanding stop was disallowed, and the penalty retaken. However, despite the refs best efforts, it made no difference to the result.

Arsene Wenger was rightly delighted with our young side. Quincy came on and was described by the manager as “outstanding”, and Cesc played from the right and did so well that I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play there again sometime soon, especially with the ever-improving Mathieu Flamini cementing a place in the centre. Phillipe Senderos continued his development in the heart of the defence, and special mention must go to Pascal Cygan, who has probably been our best defender since Christmas.

Unfortunately, yesterday also saw the confirmation of the end of one young-gun’s Arsenal career. Jermaine Pennant was sentenced to 3 months in prison. Arsene seemed forgiving, but it’s fairly common knowledge that upon his release he will sign for Birmingham. Good luck to him. He’s a very talented player, but clearly still suffers with that attitude problem. Thanks Jermaine, but no thanks.

Despite Almunia’s heroics, we continue to be linked with young Belgian goalkeeper, Silvio Proto. No offence to the lad, but I know absolutely nothing about him. He doesn’t seem like the sort of player to come into the side and immediately claim the number 1 shirt. But we’ll see.

Personally, I want Carlos Kameni.

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