Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann will return to the club a new first-team coach, but what will his role entail?

  • Lehmann will join the coaching set-up Arsenal
  • There had been calls for more ex-players in Arsenal’s backroom staff

The Guardian have given some background on what Arsenal Invinciible Jens Lehmann will be getting up to after being appointed first-team coach.

It was initially reported that Lehmann would come in and work with Arsenal goalkeepers, but long-time goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton will continue in that role. Instead, Lehmann will have a more general role coaching the first-team.

This means supporters could be seeing Lehmann in the Arsenal dugout next season, which could prove highly entertaining. Lehmann has spent the last few years completing his coaching badges and working as a pundit on German TV.

He left Arsenal in 2008, but made a brief return in 2011 as emergency cover during an injury crisis. The appointment will be a popular one, with many fans having fond memories of the former hero.

There have been regular calls for more ex-players to be involved with the club and Lehmann’s arrival could signal the start of that.