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The great Almunia mystery: who is haunting our Spanish stopper?

Did anyone else spot the Manuel Almunia story in the newspapers the other day when it emerged that Arsene Wenger is allowing him to leave the London Colney training ground early because the Spaniard doesn't want to leave his wife Ana alone in their haunted house? No wonder his hair went white!

The nature of Almunia's illness that keeps him out of tonight's Champions League game with AC Milan hasn't been disclosed by the club, but I'm now wondering if he's simply worried sick.

The spectre of Jens Lehmann has been looming large in the shadows all season and I for one wouldn't put it past the German stopper to be behind an elaborate plot to unsettle his rival keeper.

And it could be that Lehmann's bald spot is the give-away clue that those pesky kids at Mystery Inc and Scooby-Doo would use to solve the case, as Almunia reckons his house is haunted by the ghost of a monk. And as our photo shows, Jens is already going to suspiciously extraordinary lengths to hide his monk-like barnet...

"One night, we were sleeping and my wife suddenly woke me up with a shout," said Almunia. "She said there was this monk-like figure with a candle in his hand. I didn't see him but I was shit scared."

If the mysterious ghoul is Lehmann, I'd be shit scared too, as there's no telling what kind of damage he could do if he fumbled a lit candle.

But do you lot have any suggestions about who else could be behind Manuel's ghoulies? Or maybe you reckon another footballer could be behind Alumnia's fright night? Share your suspicions here.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on February 20, 2008 10:35 AM in News| Players
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