Pennant - I've nothing to prove
Jermaine Pennant does not believe he has to justify his Premier League pedigree ahead of facing Arsenal.
Last Updated: 23/02/11 9:24am
Jermaine Pennant does not believe that he still has to justify his Premier League pedigree ahead of his return to Arsenal.
The winger was signed by Arsene Wenger in 1999 at the age of 15 for a then record fee of £2million for a trainee, but he failed to live up to expectations and was shipped out to Birmingham.
Pennant joined Liverpool in 2006, however, his time at Anfield was again a frustration, with a creditable performance in defeat in the 2007 UEFA Champions League final leading critics to question his lack of consistency.
A loan move to Portsmouth followed in 2009 before a switch to Spanish side Real Zaragoza, who then loaned him to Stoke last summer prior to a permanent agreement this winter.
There are doubts about Pennant's ability after disappointing at Arsenal and Liverpool, but ahead of Wednesday night's reunion with the former, he said: "I don't think I have any point to prove.
"I have played a lot of games in the Premier League in my career.
"I've played at some big clubs such as Liverpool and Arsenal, so I don't feel I'm anywhere I shouldn't be.
"I was out of the league for a year, so it's great to be back in and show I'm still here."