Pennant I scored my Arsenal hattrick with vodka in my stomach

first_imgJermaine Pennant revealed how he scored his only Arsenal hat-trick while hungover from partying the previous nightThe 35-year-old winger started out his playing career with low-league English side Notts County before being signed by Arsenal for £2m in 1999.After a string of loan spells, along with the occasional appearance from the bench, Pennant grew accustomed to his unfavourable circumstances at North London during the 2002/03 season.But following Arsenal’s shock 3-2 home defeat to the struggling Leeds United at Highbury, Pennant was handed his first Premier League start the next game with the Gunners’ title hopes now over.And Pennant responded brilliantly with a first-half hat-trick as Arsenal secured a 6-1 win over Southampton – in what was the first game of their historic 49-game unbeaten run.Speaking on the event 15 years later, Pennant revealed a little secret that manager Arsene Wenger had no clue about.“I’d been out the night before and had a big night, because I really didn’t think I would be playing, never mind starting the game,” Pennant told FourFourTwo.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I’d never started a game for Arsenal and I didn’t think that’d change, especially as Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg and Ray Parlour were all in the squad. I was guaranteed to be on the bench.“I thought, ‘Sod it’, went to an FHM party and got home at around 6am. I couldn’t believe it when I saw my name in the starting line-up!“I was still so hungover when I was playing; I just did everything in my power not to embarrass myself.“I can’t believe I scored. It was just a huge relief – I thought, ‘OK, you can take me off now.“Please, Arsene!’ I felt so sick and I could feel the vodka still bouncing around in my stomach. You could smell it on my breath, too.“I did OK to score a hat-trick: it shows I had talent, though it helps when you’re playing with Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. That was the first game of Arsenal’s 49-game unbeaten run.”last_img

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