Shandy man Jens pays a heavy price

Arsenal's Invincibles goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been dropped by his current club VfB Stuttgart – after a visit to the Munich Oktoberfest Beer Festival. The veteran, who retires at the end of the season...

Arsenal's 'Invincibles' goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been dropped by his current club VfB Stuttgart - after a visit to the Munich Oktoberfest Beer Festival.

The veteran, who retires at the end of the season, headed to Bavaria after last Saturday's 2-0 loss to Cologne, incurring the wrath of coach Markus Babbel.

"That evening, I drank only half a Radler (shandy) and then mineral water after that," pleaded Lehmann to Bild newspaper.

"I drove myself home later on. The visit was part of a charity event which was planned a long time ago.... (but) I accept the punishment."


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Meanwhile, Perry Groves is the latest fully paid-up member of the growing Emmanuel Eboue fan club.

The former Arsenal striker, who remains a cult hero among fans, says he understands what he has gone through after being barracked by supporters - because it also happened to him.

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Groves told Talksport: "The fans are getting behind him because he works hard and never stops trying - he always gives 100 per cent.

"And that can mask a lot of deficiencies in his game - I know because I went through exactly the same thing."

And there's a revealing interview with Polish stopper Lukasz Fabianski in the new edition of the Official Arsenal Magazine, out this week.

Among the highlights, he reveals 'The London Pub', an English-style boozer, is THE place to be seen in his home town of Slubice, which, he also says, straddles the border with Germany and was, until 1945, a suburb of Frankfurt an der Oder.

He also reveals the three things he misses most about his home: "My family, friends ... and dog Neron."

Form is temporary, class is permanent goes the old saying. And that rings true for Gunners legend Dennis Bergkamp, who recently celebrated his 40th birthday.

For this week's Youtube offering, simply type in 'Bergkamp Veteran' to witness a glorious chip he scored earlier this month in a charity match for the Ajax veterans 'Klassieke Veteranen' against De Kennemers III - a goal not too dissimilar to ones he scored in Arsenal colours against Sheffield United and Bayer Leverkusen.

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