Arsenal fans didn’t quite know what to do with themselves on Tuesday evening as it was announced that Jens Lehmann and Jack Wilshere will leave the club while Bernd Leno has become Unai Emery’s newest addition to the club and Steve Bould would be staying.
Jens Lehmann will not be staying at the club despite only joining last year.
The German stated he was no longer needed as the spirit of 2004 mood-maker, which speaks volumes for what has gone on behind the scenes since Arsene Wenger left.
Dear #Arsenal Fans , I am sorry to leave the club after only one year again. It was a good experience working with the players as one of the assistant-coaches. But the attitude from our 2004-group is not needed there anymore.
— Jens Lehmann (@jenslehmann) June 19, 2018
Wilshere delivered a statement on Tuesday evening that, as he could not get the assurances he needed from Unai Emery over playing time, he would be leaving when his contract expires at the end of June.
Although it’s sad to see a player who has been at Arsenal since he was a kid leave, sentiment has no place if Arsenal really do want to compete and this is the best move for all concerned.
Leno arrives on a five-year deal and will fight it out for the number one shirt.
Despite Arsenal handing said shirt to Cech just this summer, it’s hard to imagine Leno coming to the club to do anything other than be the main man.
Happy and proud to play for this great club @Arsenal in the future! I’ll do my best and I‘m looking forward to the start of the new season as a Gunner. 💪😉
— Bernd Leno (@Bernd_Leno) June 19, 2018
Arsenal confirmed that Steve Bould will be staying at the club as joint assistant manager alongside Juan Carlos Carcedo.
Arsenal’s backroom now consists of First Team Assistant Head Coach, Juan Carlos Carcedo; First Team Assistant Head Coach, Steve Bould; First Team Coach, Pablo Villanueva; Director of High Performance, Darren Burgess; Strength and Conditioning Coach, Julen Masach; Goalkeeping Coach, Javi Garcia; Goalkeeping Coach, Sal Bibbo and Data/Video Analyst, Victor Manas.