Arsene Wenger Looks Towards 41 Year Old Jens Lehmann

Following a freak injury to Wojciech Szczesny in Arsenal’s 2nd leg Champions League defeat at the hands of Barcelona, Lukasz Fabianski already out for the season with a shoulder injury, Arsene Wenger has called upon a goalkeeper he can rely upon.

Jens Lehmann was Arsenal’s goalkeeper during their unbeaten 2003/04 season and kept a record 10 consecutive clean sheets in the Champions League en route to the final in 2006, where he was controversially sent off in a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona.

In between those seasons, due to a loss of form in 2004/05 he lost his starting position for 10 games to Manuel Almunia before eventually leaving Arsenal at the end of the 2007/08 season as backup to the Spaniard. He left Arsenal to go to German outfit VfB Stuttgart for two seasons which would prove to be the only club he never lifted a trophy with, before retiring in the summer of 2010.

Vito Mannone has had his own injury problems whilst on loan at Championship side Hull City this season, leaving Arsene Wenger with limited choices with the transfer window long passed.

Jens Lehmann’s role will seemingly see him play backup to Manuel Almunia until Wojciech Szczesny is ready to return. The German was becoming a liability towards the end of his career at the Emirates stadium, and Arsenal fans must fear him making an appearance this season, nearly 3 years after he left London and 9 months after he retired, now aged 41.

Arsenal remain well in the title race, 3 points and 3 goals behind leaders Manchester United with a game in hand. Arsenal travel to West Brom on Saturday before hosting free-falling Blackburn two weeks later after an international break.

Arsenal are unsure on the fitness of Johan Djourou following his shoulder injury picked up at Old Trafford on Saturday. Should Arsenal confirm he needs surgery and miss the remainder of the season, perhaps Arsene Wenger will travel to Azerbaijan to find out if Tony Adams will come out of retirement to add his name to the Arsenal squad for the rest of this season, having retired from the game in 2002.