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Arsenal star on drink driving charge
23/01/2005 - 23:39:55


Arsenal midfielder Jermaine Pennant was arrested for drink driving today after driving a Mercedes Benz into a lamp post, police said.

The 22-year-old former England under 21 player crashed in the centre of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, at 6.20am.

After failing a breath test at the scene he was taken to the town’s police station and charged.

Pennant, from Barnet, north London, was then freed on bail to attend Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court on February 1, a spokesman for Thames Valley Police said.

It is likely that he will also be charged with driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.

This is because Nottingham-born Pennant is still serving a 16-month ban imposed last February after police saw him make an illegal U-turn in Paddington, West London. He was also fined £1,200 for that offence.

A possible insurance-related matter may arise too, as it is understood the Mercedes Pennant was driving belongs to his Arsenal team mate Ashley Cole.

On November 30, 1999, Pennant made his Arsenal debut against Middlesbrough in a Worthington Cup tie, making him Arsenal’s youngest ever first team player at 16 years and 319 days.

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This is because Nottingham-born Pennant is still serving a 16-month ban imposed last February after police saw him make an illegal U-turn in Paddington, West London. He was also fined £1,200 for that offence.
a 16 month ban for an illegal U-turn.... omg that is crazy, he must have had a heck of a lot of priors...
 

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I'm sure Leeds wouldn't turn him down if he went to them again. When he puts his mind to it he could be great, but until then he'll just be another Anelka.
 

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BLUES SNAP UP PENNANT

Blues have this evening signed Arsenal player Jermaine Pennant on loan until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old has found it difficult to break into Arsenal's star-studded line-up this season and has made just 12 appearances for the Gunners this term, but is widely regarded as one of the best young wingers in the Premiership.

The former Notts County youngster's contract with the current Premiership champions expires at the end of this season.

Pennant becomes Blues boss Steve Bruce's second signing since the transfer window opened earlier this month and follows Liverpool midfielder Salif Diao into St. Andrew's.

Birmingham City Official Website
 

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I always hoped he would mature but these things just shows that he really doesn't wanna break into the first team.
Good luck in City, you will need it. :yuck:
 

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I'm glad to have him. Maybe a move away from the bright lights of London is what he needs. Hopefully we sign him up on a permanent basis when the loan is over. He can't be any worse than Gronkjaer was.
 

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a 16 month ban for an illegal U-turn.... omg that is crazy, he must have had a heck of a lot of priors...
I'm sure it would've been worse than making an illegal U-turn or else it would be a stupid call then again.
 

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Arsenal were already looking to offload Jermaine Pennant before he was charged by police with drink driving after crashing Ashley Cole's car in the early hours of Sunday morning.

According to Highbury sources, up to six clubs were interested in buying the 22-year-old midfielder. With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was keen to sell him in the January transfer window to recoup some of the £2 million they paid Notts County for him six years ago.

Offers to take the player on loan, as Leeds did loast season, were initially turned down. But Sunday morning changed all that.

Arsenal accepted that his second brush with the law - he was charged with drink driving 11 months ago - was unacceptable and that he had to leave immediately.

Birmingham were alerted that a loan deal could now be a possibility and the club's manager Steve Bruce moved quickly to clinch the deal. There are hopes that a permanent move can be finalised but even if that doesn't work out, Pennant's Arsenal career is finished.

Pennant has exhausted the club's patience and hopes that he would eventually fulfil his enormous potential. He was already given second chances by Arsenal after he was sent home by the former England Under-21 manager David Platt for breaking a curfew and again after his first drink-driving offence.

His latest misdemenour came on the morning of a match day for the first team - the Gunners played Newcastle on Sunday afternoon. That could have been cause in itself for terminating his contract. "He is a member of the first team squad. What if he had been needed against Newcastle in an emergency?" said a Highbury source.

It is not only Wenger who has helped Pennant. His agent Sky Andrew could not have done more. Andrew was convinced about Pennant's talent and strived harder than anyone to help him to fulfil it. "He has learned his lesson," Andrew insisted. The problem was he had to say it too often.

He even arranged for Pennant to move to a flat near to Ashley Cole in the hope that Cole's positive influence would have an effect.

Cole has shown what is possible at Arsenal. He has come through the ranks, emerged as a first team regular, become the PFA representative at Arsenal and has been tipped as a future captain of club and country. He talked to Pennant, cajoled and did everything in his power to help him. He warned him of the danger of social excesses. All to no avail.

Pennant was too easily led. His latest escapade came, it is said, because he felt he should have been in the squad for the last two matches at Bolton and Newcastle. When he wasn't, he listened to hangerson rather than the advice that Wenger had given him and this time it has cost him a career at one of the most prestigious clubs in Europe.

He found little sympathy at Arsenal if he ever tried to play the "I have had it hard growing up" card among the first team squad at Highbury.

True, the Meadows area of Nottingham where he spent his formative years doesn't figure in the must see section of the Nottinghamshire tourist board.

But neither does the tough immigrant town of Trappes just outside Paris where Patrick Vieira grew up. Or Tower Hamlets where Cole had to find his feet. Or the Andalucian suburb of Seville where Jose Antonio Reyes lived in a house with a roof that leaked when it rained. It was also no doddle for Gilberto Silva in Brazil where, as the oldest son, he had to give up football for two years to bring money into the home by working in a local factory.


They all have much in common with Pennant with their respective backgrounds and, like him, they have the talent to play at the highest level. But there, however, the similarity ends. They overcame the setbacks. Pennant needed little excuse to indulge in the social scene whenever he felt wronged.

When Sunday's news reached the Arsenal hierarchy, there was only one decision to make.

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The italised part is particularly interesting.
 

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Well...Wenger and Cole had tried their best to change him into better man. But he just won't listen. What a waste of career...
 
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