By Adam Clark
Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has spoken of the horrifying moment when he thought John Terry was dead.
The Chelsea and England captain was knocked unconscious after colliding with Abou Diaby's boot in Sunday's Carling Cup Final but was later well enough to celebrate with his victorious team-mates.
Spanish stopper Almunia - one of the closest players to the sickening clash - initially feared the worst.
"I was really scared," said Almunia. "When I saw him at first his eyes had rolled the other way and he looked like he was dead. I was very scared."
The Chelsea defender's injury wasn't the only event to overshadow what was a valiant display from Arsenal's young Gunners. Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor both saw red after a late incident involving John Obi Mikel, the Chelsea midfielder, who was also dismissed. According to Almunia the actions of his team-mates were merely born of frustration.
"That's normal in big players," he said. "They want to win all the games and all the competitions. We had the cup in our hands but in the last moment we lost and I think that made us frustrated."
Despite the disappointment of defeat, Arsenal's 'Cup keeper' was pleased with his own performance and has now set his sights on ensuring success in the FA Cup - starting with Wednesday's Fifth Round replay at Blackburn.
"I felt very well, very confident. I didn't have many things to do. I'm happy with my performance but not with the result.
"Now we have to try to get to the FA Cup Final. That's a really big competition for us now and, of course, we will try to win it."
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