Lehmann plays for Gunners reserves

Whether the 41-year-old will step up to the senior team on Saturday

against Blackburn at the Emirates Stadium remains to be seen.

Lehmann, however, got a full 90 minutes under his belt at Robin

Park on Tuesday afternoon. The former Germany international came

out of retirement to help ease the Gunners’ goalkeeping crisis

after injuries to Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski left

Manuel Almunia as the only fit senior keeper. Almunia, 33, may have

only just found himself back in the first-team picture, but the

Spaniard is already under the spotlight once again after a poor

performance in the 2-2 draw at West Brom on March 19. Lehmann’s

last appearance for the Gunners came against Everton on May 4, 2008

ahead of a move to Stuttgart. In front of goalkeeping coach Gerry

Peyton, he was beaten in the 18th minute today when Jordan Robinson

got on the end of a free-kick by Daniel Redmond, only to be ruled

offside. Arsenal’s young side were reduced to 10 men when skipper

Ignasi Miguel was sent off before Jordan Rugg’s shot got the better

of Lehmann but came back off the post. Lehmann was left red-faced a

minute before half-time when he miscued a kick from a back-pass,

but the ball trickled past the post. He came off second best in the

52nd minute, though, when Callum McManaman put the home side ahead,

showing a cool head to outsmart his more experienced opponent.

Lehmann got his bearings wrong on the hour and Jonathan Breeze

smashed in a shot past the goalkeeper only to see it blocked. Joe

Holt added a second in the 83rd minute from close range before Rhys

Murphy pulled one back from the penalty spot on the stroke of

full-time.