Lehman set for reserve run-out

BY foxsports • April 5, 2011

Lehmann, who will be 42 in November, came out of retirement to answer Arsene Wenger's SOS call after Manuel Almunia was left the only fit senior goalkeeper following injuries to Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski. The former Arsenal number one looked somewhat rusty when played for the second string in the defeat at Wigan last week, before taking his place on the bench for Saturday's frustrating goalless draw against Blackburn. Although Lehmann is keen to build up his game awareness following so long out of action, there is no suggestion he will be tempted to continue past the end of his current rolling deal with the Gunners. Arsenal reserve manager Neil Banfield is more than happy to have Lehmann - part of the Gunners' Invincibles team of 2003/04 - involved in his squad again. "Jens has asked to play again because he knows what he needs. Jens is a first class professional," Banfield told the club's official website. "Not forgetting he had been out for a year, we thought he did well and used the game to get a little bit sharper. It is a process for him at the moment. "He needs those game situations that you can't replicate in training. With the experience Jens has got, it was just about getting himself back into the mind set of playing games."

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