Perry Groves reveals Arsenal teammate Anders Limpar, who inspired Wayne Rooney, missed match after shaving entire body because he wanted ‘go through the air quicker’ April 11, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Every now and again, footballers pick up bizarre injuries.

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand once strained a tendon in his knee by having his leg up on a coffee table for too long while watching TV.


Groves revealed a brilliant story, but what a rash decision from Limpar

And Arsenal hero Perry Groves revealed one of his teammates had to miss a game for an even stranger reason.

Anders Limpar was a brilliant player for the Gunners, and a key member of the league winning side of 1990/91 and part of their 1992/93 squad which won both domestic cups.

He was also a boyhood hero of Wayne Rooney in the mid 90s, when he racked up 66 Premier League games for Everton.

“I’d say Anders was my idol,” said the Manchester United and England legend. “I liked him because he used to shoot and dribble more than Duncan Ferguson.” 

There was no questioning the Swede’s impact on the pitch, but there was one odd moment during his time at Highbury.

Groves told talkSPORT’s Sunday Session, the former winger decided to try and improve his performances with a spot of manscaping.

Yes, you heard that right, nothing on his chest, legs and armpits and, to add insult to injury, it also meant him missing a game for Arsenal.

Thankfully his hair has grown back


Thankfully his hair has grown back

Groves said: “When I was at the Gooners, Anders Limpar, brilliant player, he came in training one day and we looked over and he shaved all of his body hair off, under his armpits, everything.

“I said to ‘Anders what are you doing?’  

“He goes ‘it makes me go through the air quicker’.

“I went, ‘you’re not a beaver Anders’.

“He did it because of that, and he couldn’t play the next game because he had a rash everywhere.”

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