It seems that calamity goalkeeping was infectious in North London Saturday afternoon. Just as Southampton's Artur Boruc's huge gaffe gifted Arsenal the lead at the Emirates, ex-Gunner Manuel Almunia had set the bar high some ten minutes earlier with his own howler at Vicarage Road as Watford hosted Bolton Wanderers.
The Spaniard, who played nearly 200 games for Arsenal from 2004 to 2011, went to collect a fairly routine cross from the left. Inexplicably, he fumbled the ball, allowing it to drop between his legs, and as the veteran tried that age old trick of sitting on the ball like a hen on a egg, the ball popped out behind him for lurking Bolton striker Jermaine Beckford to sweep home.
Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola was suitably furious enough to withdraw his number one at half time, sending youngster Jonathan Bond out for the second period.
Arsenal fans will just be happy that Almunia isn't still in goal for them otherwise we might have seen two huge blunders at the Emirates in the delayed 3.15pm kick-off.
See the former Arsenal goalkeeper's horror show below:
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