Arsenal Invincible Jens Lehmann has officially confirmed he will be returning to the Emirates Stadium as a first-team coach.
The 47-year-old, who made 200 appearances between 2003 and 2008 and briefly in 2011, won’t be joining as a goalkeeping coach but is instead working with all the players closely in a general role.
Lehmann will reportedly be alongside assistant manager Steve Bould and coach Boro Primorac, and will likely be seen on the dugout. He admitted to Welt that the rumours were correct, saying: “Yes, it is true.”
The former German international is a popular figure among supporters, having shone during Arsenal’s Invincilbes season that saw them win the Premier League title without losing a game, while become one of the best goalkeepers in Europe his own right.
To this day, Lehmann still holds the record for most consecutive minutes without conceding, according to Opta Franz.
It will be an interesting return as he will join up with his former national team colleague Per Mertesacker, and current countrymen Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi.
His bond with Arsenal is strong, evident from him coming out of retirement to play for Arsenal in 2011. But he’s also a tough character and will demand nothing but the best from the players.