Lehmann Set For Arsenal Return

Former German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is set to come out or retirement and return to once again wear the Arsenal jersey as the Gunners seek to ease their goalkeeping crisis.

Lehmann is in talks with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger about a possible short-term contract with his former employers as Wenger looks to stabilize the Gunners’ goalkeeping crisis.

The 41-year-old is ready to come out of a two-year retirement and return between the Arsenal sticks and reports suggest that the former Vfb Stuttgart star could be ready as early as Saturday when the Gunners travel to West Bromwich Albion.

An unconvincing Manuel Almunia is currently holding the number 1 jersey following injuries to Wojciech Szczesny (finger) and Lukasz Fabianski (shoulder), while rookie Italian keeper Vito Mannone, currently on loan at Hull City, is sidelined with a thigh problem.

In desperation, Wenger has recalled 19-year-old England youth international James Shea from Southampton as he seeks to stop his sides downward spiral recently.

The North London club have been eliminated from both the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup in just under one week and were undone by Birmingham in last month’s Carling Cup final.

With only the Premier League title to pursue, Wenger is keen to bolster his wafer-thin squad and Lehmann, who made over 200 appearances for Arsenal having signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2003, is being carefully assessed at the Gunners training fields in London Colney.

 

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