Monday, September 3, 2007

Jens Lehmann tried to leave Arsenal during the summer transfer window

Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who has been with Arsenal since 2003, reportedly tried to secure a move away from Arsenal during the last few days of the summer transfer window.

Lehmann seems to have lost his number one spot to Spanish 'keeper Manuel Almunia who has been performing admirably for Arsenal thus far, with only 1 goal conceded in 4 matches. This means that even when Lehmann comes back from injury he may be relegated to the bench.

Many Arsenal fans lost faith in the belligerent German international after he made two high profile mistakes in his first two league games of the season, costing Arsenal two precious points against Blackburn - points that would have seen Arsenal at the top of the table. However, despite the relative lack of faith from the fans, his Arsenal teammates, and especially Arsene Wenger have continued to back him. It now seems as though he may permanently lose his position as first choice goalkeeper for Arsenal to Almunia, and for that reason he may have attempted to leave Arsenal during the transfer window.

His former club, Schalke, were reportedly interested in bringing him back to the Bundesliga, but time ran out with Arsene Wenger unable to line up a replacement. However, if Almunia continues to be played over Lehmann, we may see the exit of one of our last invincibles in January.