Jens Lehmann has spoken about his daily routine at Arsenal, and has revealed that there is a ‘German group’ at the club.
Lehmann became a member of Arsene Wenger’s coaching staff in the summer.
The former goalkeeper recently spoke to Sport Bild about his day-to-day routine at the club, and what his responsibilities are.
“At 8:30 am, I drive for 35 minutes to the training centre in Colney for the first meeting of the day,” he said.
“The eleven members of staff meet at 9:30 am, led by Arsene Wenger.
“Today, at 10:30 am, I prepared the video clips from the league match before training, which we discuss after lunch.
“Mostly, I work at Colney until 4 pm, though today it will be later again.”
The German was never shy of making his feelings known during his playing days.
Some felt that he would take that same attitude onto the training pitch, but he says he has to be more tactful.
“The difference from being a player is my position. I’m no longer at the back, but on the sidelines and must be much more diplomatic.”
Lehmann’s role during match-day is to sit in the stands and analyse the game.
During training, it seems he looks after the “German group”.
“I monitor one of four groups of six, including the German group. After that, it’s more or less exercises and individual training with different players at the end.”
When asked to explain what the “German group” is, Lehmann said: “The German-speaking players like Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac, Granit Xhaka and Per Mertesacker often train together in small groups, often with Alexis Sanchez. The boss dictates the goal and content of the game.”
It’s perhaps not a surprise that players who speak the same language group together.
It is, though, a little surprising that Arsene Wenger seems to encourage these groups, or at least doesn’t see it as a problem.
It’s even more a shock that Alexis Sanchez was a part of the “German group” and not the Spanish one, given the club has a number of Spanish-speaking players. Perhaps they didn’t want to listen to him and the German players didn’t mind because they couldn’t understand anything he said apart from ‘Atom’ and ‘Humber’.
Nonetheless, the spirit in the camp seems good, and Lehmann has settled back in well.