Schmeichel Junior lives up to family tradition to outwit Wenger at generation game

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Kasper Schmeichel became the second generation of his family to save a penalty against Arsenal when he denied Robin van Persie at the Emirates Stadium, and his father, Peter, was there to see him do it.

Arsène Wenger admitted that the memory of Schmeichel Snr denying another Dutchman, Dennis Bergkamp, in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final replay at Villa Park flashed through his mind shortly before Schmeichel Jnr saved Van Persie's kick. "I hope I don't meet the grandson," Wenger said.

"It was a good save," Peter said. "I did not give him tips. I would rather have a father-son relationship than try to coach him. He's got a very good coach in Eric Steele and he's been with Tim Flowers as well. I've just been talking to him about playing in big occasions.

"It's not my intention to become a coach or an adviser, I'm just trying to keep Kasper's two feet on the ground. He's doing that without my help at the moment and it's just important he keeps doing what he's good at. He's not flash, he concentrates very well and I think that's the key to being a good goalkeeper. You need to be there and be reliable to your team.

"Myself and Kasper's mum are very proud," added Peter. "We watch the games and it's difficult, because you can't do anything about what happens. You have to sit there and accept whatever happens. It has become a tiny bit easier, but not a lot."

Peter also said that, contrary to reports, Kasper is not eligible for England. Peter added: "Kasper is Danish. He has absolutely no chance of playing for England and the discussion should stop now. If you ask him, he says, 'I'm Danish and I play for Denmark'."

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