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Why Jens Lehmann Could Be The Missing Piece Arsenal Needs

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It’s been five trophy-less seasons for Arsenal. And after being knocked out of the F.A. Cup at the hands of their fierce rivals Manchester United, many feel that the drought will not end this year making six years without a trophy for the Gunners unnaceptable. Not long ago however, two weeks to be precise, it looked as if a trophy was finally going to grace the Emirates trophy cabinet. Arsenal were going strong fighting on four fronts. They had an ‘easy’ Carling Cup final against struggling Birmingham and were slowly creeping up on Manchester United in the title race. Throw in Barcelona in the Champions League and Leyton Orient in the F.A Cup and people were talking about a possible quadruple!

Fast forward two weeks however and after winning just one of five games Arsenal now only have one chance of silverware, the Premier League. Although Arsenal are only 3 points behind United with a game in hand, their bottle and mentality is questionable after being crushed in such a short space of time. So could the arrival of fan favourite Jens Lehmann, a player who won the Premiership and F.A Cup with Arsenal during his spell in North London, revive Arsenals season and end the long wait for silverware?

Even though the arrival of Lehmann hasn’t been confirmed, there are strong suggestions that he will be making a return. The Daily Mail is reporting the deal is as good as done. Arsenal are down to one senior goalkeeper, Lehmann’s former nemesis Manuel Almunia, after losing their other three, Szczesny and Fabianski to season ending injuries, while Mannone is on loan at Hull City. Lehmann is a free agent so Wenger is able to sign him outside of the transfer window. The German stopper was due to spend six weeks at his old club working on his coaching badges anyway so the move couldn’t be more convenient.

Although it is unlikely he would immediately dislodge Almunia as Arsenal’s current no.1, his presence around the club could be vital in helping to secure silverware. He has won the Premier League, something only ONE current member of the Arsenal squad has also done; Gael Clichy. His winning mentality and knowledge of how to win the title could rub off onto the rest of the squad and be key to Arsenal’s success. Complacency or lack of effort would not be allowed if he was on the pitch, or even the bench for the matter. He isn’t scared to shout at his team-mates if they make a mistake. He is the type of player Arsenal need right now: a leader, someone that will take the players by the scruff of the neck and tell them to fight for every point until the end of the season so that their dreams of winning the Premier League can become a reality.

Only time will tell whether Jens Lehmann rejoins Arsenal and in two months we will know if they have ended their trophy drought. Ten games are left to play. If Arsenal win all ten they are champions. Winning ten games on the bounce may seem hard, but when you consider they only have ten games left to play compared to their rivals Manchester United and Chelsea who are still in other competitions, you can see there is hope for Arsenal. We all know they are capable of beating anyone but as the season draws closer to the climax and the pressure mounts, will they be able to cope? Surely the arrival of Jens Lehmann would be beneficial in helping this team win a trophy they deserve.

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12 Responses to Why Jens Lehmann Could Be The Missing Piece Arsenal Needs

  1. Nayy...aka Big tabs ....Cahill says:

    The Arrival of Jens Lehmann Would Be The final piece of the jigsaw for arsenal …I don’t support arsenal but a think jens lehmann Is a amense kicker /was when he was playin …his stability do the thing’s he does is awesome ……..and his mentalility to the game is awesome also ,,,which arsenal a lacking …LET ME PUT IT SHORT FOR ALL YOU ARSENAL FANS OUT THIER …***********JENS LEHMANN = LeGeND …….You NeeD The ONE WHICH IS……………………PEACE OUT YOOOOOOOOOO

  2. Dave (dlbags) says:

    It blows my mind how many journalists are getting this wrong. Mannone is injured otherwise there are provisions in loan deals to recall players in such situations as we have currently at AFC. I’m not criticizing you guys per se as you’re more a blog but I’ve read several established sites that just must be winging it as a simple google or listening to Wenger himself say it would let people know why the situation is so dire. Shea is a baby too and shouldn’t even be with the first squad.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/h/hull_city/9421471.stm

    As far as the move it’s a good move inspirational wise. Performance wise I’d wager the Arsenal brass is crossing their fingers he doesn’t get called into goal. I’ve said several times on this site they need a veteran presence that knows how to win int he clubhouse so kudos to Arsene.

    Whether this wins the league we’ll have to wait and see. We still have LFC, MUFC (again); both at home, Stoke and Fulham away who are both pesky and great at playing for draws and of course Spurs at White Hart Lane. Although the road is easier than Man U’s, with our injuries it is not going to be easy.

    Now Djourou possibly not being out the season would lift my spirits some more. but for me the defense will make the difference. GKs can only do so much if Gibbs, Squalachi and Kos are letting strikers jog past them this will all be moot.

    Need Song back too. Bad.

    For me the season is in Chamakh, RvP, and Nasri’s hands. Chamakh needs to find his early season form. Has to. He’s too good to finish the season this ineffective. And if Ramsey, Cesc and Theo can all come back from injury and make an impact anything is possible.

  3. Gary says:

    Remember when Jens Lehmann and Dida both had that flop-off in Champions League? One of my favorite/ most hilarious football moments.
    This might be a good thing for Arsenal in settling things off the pitch, but that’s just a guess and it would probably be the best they could hope for. This will not make or break the campaign for the league.
    They could really use Walcott and even more so use Song to replace Diaby who is off the pace since returning. Big time.
    The single is still there. As opposed to the quad, trip or double, I mean.
    Also, while opining, Chamakh is far and away the better option over Bendtner, he should be the 2nd striker behind RvP, and I don’t recall him ever falling off of form this season, just out of selection.

  4. El Tri 2014 says:

    So Arsenal has dropped 3 trophies this year due to goalkeeping?

    I have to admit Arsene is as good as SAF in media mental games. The notion that goalkeeping was the reason they lost all those games is as credible as the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. Yes, I do like Lehman and he provides that veteran leadership but some of Arsenal’s misfirings are the poor mid-field performance and even poorer back four. Granted a lot of it is due to injuries and the fact that Arsenal is spread so wide that they don’t have the depth of Man Utd or Chelsea.

    Good pickup for Arsenal with Lehman, if he can still play? But it’s all smoke and mirrors coming from the Voyeur.

  5. EDub says:

    Good article, good responses.

    To be honest, though, I am just waiting to see if he will add to his `mad’ reputation. Perhaps peeing on the field during the match? Throwing his gloves at a reporter?

  6. Terry says:

    His last stint in the Bundesliga wasn’t a good one. He was terrible. I don’t see how he could improve the goalkeeping situation as right now he is nowhere nearly as good as Almunia. Besides, the problem with Arsenal is not the goalkeeper but the players in front of him. Lehman won’t improve that except maybe shout at them more and when he’s angry he tends to make mistakes.

    Not sure what Wenger is thinking on this one.

    • Matt says:

      Absolutely agree with you Terry. The goal he conceded on the first weekend of 07-08 against fulham stuck out in my mind as the moment lehmann went from serviceable to quality premier league goalkeeper (depending on your personal judgment) to over the hill and a hindrance to Arsenal. Which forces me to make a statement i swore I would never utter:

      Arsenal would be better off with Almunia.

      (it still feels pretty hilarious saying it…)

  7. SoccerLimey says:

    Can’t help but think that this is a day late and a dollar short. Arsenal should have gone after Given with a pot load of money, and maybe, they’d be looking down on United right now instead of the other way around.

    No guarantee that City would have coughed Given up but he would have been the ideal goalie for them.

    • SeminoleGunner says:

      If anything I’d say there’s probably a guarantee City would NOT have coughed up Given.

      They don’t need money, so why would they voluntarily sure up one of the main competitors’ biggest weaknesses?

  8. vermaelen5 says:

    JENS!!!!!

  9. Alvin says:

    If Wenger believes that lehman is the solution to his goalkeeper problem then I’m sorry to say he has lost it. Seriously, Lehman has been less than good in Germany since he left Arsenal. Maybe Wenger is the problem.

  10. Tracy says:

    “His winning mentality and knowledge of how to win the title could rub off onto the rest of the squad and be key to Arsenal’s success. Complacency or lack of effort would not be allowed if he was on the pitch, or even the bench for the matter. He isn’t scared to shout at his team-mates if they make a mistake. He is the type of player Arsenal need right now: a leader, someone that will take the players by the scruff of the neck and tell them to fight for every point until the end of the season so that their dreams of winning the Premier League can become a reality.”

    You are obviously ignoring the fact that Lehman is no longer a top-class goalkeeper or even a good one at that. Therefore I don’t see how that will help. Besides, when he was at Arsenal the last time he was not known as a leader in the dressing room. Yes, he was outspoken on the field but now that won’t help if he isn’t good in goal anymore.

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