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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Wenger hails veteran Lehmann

The arrival of Jens Lehmann to Arsenal for a second spell certainly surprised many, but Arsene Wenger has been delighted with the impact of the German goalkeeper on his young squad.

The 41-year-old was called upon for the game at Blackpool last weekend when Manuel Almunia was injured in the warm-up and he did a fine job, helping the Gunners to a 3-1 win at Bloomfield Road.

Referring to the professionalism of Lehman, Wenger said: “Jens is a competitor. He brings determination, which you need in the final sprint.”

As for Lehmann – who was under plenty of pressure from the Blackpool attack in the second-half last weekend – he admitted that he didn’t expect to play for the Gunners on his return to the club.

The former Germany international said: “I couldn't really think about it, I couldn't afford to be nervous. Sometimes life is about surprises. If that's my last game ever, I'm happy because we won. Let's see.”

Lehmann than discussed life without football: “I loved playing football and when you finish it's a little bit boring because you don't have this adrenaline any more but that's what came back to me. I'm quite happy about it.”

You do wonder whether this short spell as a player again will result in Lehmann taking up a coaching role at the Emirates. He clearly enjoys being abck and Wenger is a big fan of his.

Watch this space.

Meanwhile, why not check out ScratchCards this weekend. That’s probably what Lehmann has been up to in his spare time!

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