Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 8/24/14
Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi showed off his new secret weapon that he believes will help him save Manchester City penalties should the FA Cup 2013 final go to a shootout. The innovative gloves he will be wearing if the match goes to penalties are designed by equipment specialists Sondico and have a mitten style webbing of the third, fourth and fifth fingers to create a greater area to save shots — he hopes. The gloves even have a "No Entry" symbol on the palm side. Al Habsi, who has become Wigan's "Cup keeper" in the second half of the season, claims the odd gloves will come in handy during penalties when saving shots is everything — and when catching and handling the ball is less important. Wigan go into Saturday's final at Wembley Stadium as huge underdogs, although they will be playing in next season's Europa League whatever the outcome because City will qualify for the Champions League. Al Habsi has seen his game time significantly reduced since the arrival of Joel Robles on-loan from Atletico Madrid, but he is likely to start in the final.
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