Monday, 14 March 2011

Arsenal Close In On Lehmann Deal

From BBC Sport: "Mad" Jens To Return

Arsenal are close to signing 41-year-old Jens Lehmann for the rest of the season, BBC Sport understands.

Injuries to Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone have left Manuel Almunia as the only fit keeper.

The ex-Germany keeper played 199 times for Arsenal between 2003 and 2008 but has been a free agent since retiring in 2010 after two years with Stuttgart.

If the deal is done in time, Lehmann is likely to be included in the squad for Saturday's trip to West Brom.

This has made my day!



Anonymous said...

What a STAR!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...


WMA (Bale Forever)

AdmiraLord Nelson said...

zee German has returned!

madness said...

that is brilliant...shame he probably wouldn't play anyway :p

greginho said...

great lehmann will get red carded in all of the big games?

Anonymous said...

Maybe they should try to get Campbell and Vieira back as well

Anonymous said...

Friedel Walker Luiz Smalling Nani VDV Hitz Young Shrek RVP Carew

Anonymous said...

Who cares, he'll never play. Almunia is now the man


Anonymous said...

And Wenger is an a-hole for telling the world that vPersie would be out for a minimum of 4 weeks. Deserved the red card for that alone

greginho said...

well sir alex just did the same thing with nani. he was supposedly out 4 weeks too and is back this week.

AdmiraLord Nelson said...

they should get Diego Benaglio or Guillermo Ochoa and end this Goalkeeper saga once and for all!

Owen_Williams said...

- I COULD see Lehman playing a few games. Almunia is practically below the bottom of the heap pile.
- I had no doubt Nani wouldn't be out for 4 weeks. Like come on, a cut on his leg (British press BLOWS the injury out of porpotion as 'to the bone') but stitch it up, wrap it up and he's good to go.

Anonymous said...

They had to do something to make him seem less off a baby for crying!

Anonymous said...

Lehmann was confirmed as back up GK..

Ken said...

Sitting on:


Like most of it..
Would like to shuffle around my defense but again, limited funds just won't allow me to do much better then I have now. Most likely will just sit and hope for the best. VDV will play..right?

Really cannot see doing much better on strikers then what I have now. That is unless I go back to Torres/Tevez for another 4.5 combined point week.

Hitz..??still not sure he is a keeper. Not crazy about the match up but seem pretty sure he will still give a fair return on points.
Friedel home and at 3.5.....I like it!

Will wait for this weeks updates..

Good luck to all

Anonymous said...

how bout lampard..? he's a good pick this week?

Anonymous said...

Can you elaborate as to how Lehmann news made your day ?

Does this "would be" signing help arsenal ? or to be precise does this help spurs ?


Assistant Manager said...


Because he's 41.

Because he retired months ago.

Because he's a bit mental.

Because of the video I posted (and there are many more examples). The guy is a clown

And last (but by no means least) because the whole thing reeks of desperation. Wenger and Almunia despise(d) the guy.

From Football365 - Keeper For Every Flame
If Jens Lehmann does make an emergency return to Arsenal, Mediawatch would love to be a fly on the wall when he bumps into Manuel Almunia. Presumably the pair will be exchanging hugs, backslaps and photographs of the kids.

Or maybe not.

Here are quotes from an interview given to The Guardian by Almunia in April 2008: "I'm an easy-going person. I like to treat everyone with respect and I see everyone as equals. I treat people the way I would like to be treated myself. To have someone here who hates me is just amazing. I know he hates me."

Not 'dislikes' or 'disapproves' but 'hates'.

According to the by-all-accounts affable Spaniard, the prickly German had not spoken to him for several years before he left the club in the summer of 2008.

"Every morning I wake up," said Almunia, "I know it is going to be the same. I've had to put up with it every day since he was out of the team and even before then. I wake up and I know what it is going to be like. But I don't care about him any more. He can say what he likes. I come into training and I work with Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone. They are better goalkeepers than him anyway."


Incidentally, Mediawatch was very interested to read this paragraph from the same article...

'Lehmann has been increasingly getting under Wenger's skin and there was a telling scene at the manager's press conference yesterday when he was asked whether the German would get a new contract when his present deal expires at the end of this season. "Pardon?" said Wenger incredulously. The question was repeated and Wenger snorted with laughter. "The boss is trying to build a team of kind people," says Almunia. "He wants easy-going people who have character. He doesn't like arguments in the dressing room."'

Things are about to get very interesting indeed.

As I said - a Spurs fan, it made my day.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'll tell you what made my day: Rod Fanni.

I know it's not big and I know it's not clever but come on, what a great name.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Inter for a fantastic win and to Wes Brown for an amazing goal!

Who's going to get Chicharito with me!!

Anonymous said...

One step closer to a successfully defending our cup. Forza Grande Inter

greginho said...

so if bendtner goes to blackburn that would be great. i don't think wenger should sell him for $15 million, but trade him straight up for samba. with samba, arsenal wins the league and champions league.

Anonymous said...

Bendtner is only worth half of that or a third of that amount.

Anonymous said...

It will be great if this weekend Lehmann plays and van Nistelrooy plays against is going to be classic legend......wait for it....daryyyyyy.

Anonymous said...


and I'd own Bale too if Wenger hadn't pulled that horseshit move lying about vPersie out for 4 weeks, cost me 9 more to buy him back one week later. Poetic justice that red card, and saved him for league play.


AdmiraLord Nelson said...

look at Lehmann now!!! Mad Jens returns to glory...yet he cost us the CL 06

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