Pennant says sorry
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Talented winger Pennant was sent home from the England Under-21 squad last week by coach David Platt for breaking a curfew.
Pennant admits he regrets the incident and has vowed to clean up his act in an attempt to remain in the England fold.
"I know I made a mistake," Pennant told the Evening Standard. "I have apologised to the three main people who look after my football, who are David Platt, David Dein and my boss Mr Arsene Wenger.
"You do learn from your mistakes and now I'm going to put my head down and work hard in training and get my attitude right and get back into the squad."
Arsenal manager Wenger has told Pennant he must learn from his misdemeanour or watch his football career disappear down the drain.
Wenger said: "I hope he'll learn from this as you can understand that young boys make mistakes. But if they don't learn, there's no future for them."
Meanwhile, French starlet Aliadiere will not be available for selection until next season after being booked in for a hernia operation.
Aliadiere underwent surgery on the same problem back in September but after returning to form, he aggravated the problem while on international duty with the French Under-21 squad.
Gunners reserve team manager Eddie Niedzwiecki confirmed Aliadiere would be sent for another operation to clear up the problem.
"Unfortunately, Jeremie will not play again this season," Niedzwiecki told the club's official website.
"He'll go in for a hernia operation in the near future. He's been carrying a little bit of a problem and we were hoping to get away with not having to operate.
"He was looking really good for us but he's gone away with France and has broken down, and unfortunately, that's the end of his season."