Jens Lehmann made a return to Arsenal this summer as part of the first-team coaching staff, and manager Arsene Wenger has been talking about how good it will be for the club.
If any Arsenal fans need reminding for some reason, Jens was the goalkeeper during the 2003/04 invincible season. He also saved from Paul Scholes in the 2004/05 FA Cup final penalty shoot-out, to snatch the trophy away from Manchester United.
After breaking goalkeeping records in the Champions League, only to unfortunately get sent off in the final, Jens eventually left the club in 2008 and retired in 2010. The next year, he made a brief return to help out when Arsenal were experiencing a goalkeeping crisis.
Wojciech Szczęsny, Łukasz Fabiański, Vito Mannone and Manuel Almunia all managed to get injured at once, meaning Jens started one final game against Blackpool, a 3-1 win, before going back into retirement again. But now he’s back at Arsenal, to once again help the club out when they need him.
Wenger spoke to Arsenal’s official website about the appointment, telling them his thoughts on Jens: “He has a demanding attitude and can give his desire to win to the players, to help them achieve their targets. That’s what you want from these players,” he said.
“He can also give good advice because he has gone through periods where it was not easy for him, where it wasn’t all going well, and I believe his rigorous attitude to his career is similar to Per Mertesacker. It’s important that a team is surrounded by people like that.”
It’s good to see ex-players with a desire to come back and help the Gunners, after a couple of disappointments in recent seasons. Hopefully, Jens can help create a winning atmosphere that the Gunners can carry into the new season.