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Best wishes from Jens Lehmann…Be careful what you say…

Barclay’s English Premier League: Arsenal empty handed again!

On March 2nd, I posted the article “Arsenal, empty handed again?”. Today we all know that Arsenal will end the season definitely with empty hands, again. The chase is now going on for 5 years and looking at the reports from the past weeks regarding Arsene Wenger’s plans for the new season, it will be most likely another season without anything.

One could be mean and say, “well, if the don’t make it into the Champions League and play in the Europa League, there is a good chance for silverware”. Well, indeed, that might be the only real chance to win something, avoiding all the big guns and play a few levels down. However, not even that seems to be a guarantee for a “pot”. Remember, Liverpool, Spurs and a few others looking much better than Arsenal are playing there.

What’s the problem? You look at the current roster and it becomes very clear why Arsenal is not going to win anything. As soon as you take the two major carrier’s off the field, there is not much left. I am talking about van Persie and Ces Fabregas. Both had their breaks this season, and Arsenal didn’t make it above average. And to be honest, some parts of the team are not even that. Average, that is. Look at the goalie situation: Almunia and Szczesny? With all the goodwill in the world, that’s not enough. They might as well give Jens Lehmann a contract for the next season. One game, one win. And there were not many of those, win’s, over the past weeks. At least it would give that position some appearence and voice. The same counts for the 4 in front of the goalie. They are all great players, no doubt, but none of the opponents goes on the field and is afraid to experience some “uncomfortable” afternoon. You look around in Europe, every top class team has someone that can “mix some concrete” when needed, even Barca. Arsenal is fine in midfield, if Fabregas is fit, but upfront there is a problem again. Van Persie is top class and there is Arshavin and Walcott. They cause a lot of trouble, but if it doesn’t result in a goal, Arsenal has to ask a guy like Bendtner for help. Please!

Arsene Wenger was given the chance to spend money for the next season. It is incredible to hear that he doesn’t need to spend the money and get some “crackers” to the Emirates. With the millions offered to shop, he should have walked to Schalke in Germany and get Manuel Neuer. There would be enough money to get a defender and a striker on top of Neuer.

If Wenger doesn’t take any action on the transfer market, Arsenal’s future will not be very rosy. They will keep sitting there with their empty hands and watch others celebrating.

Barclay’s English Premier League: Round 31 Preview, Jens Lehmann Comeback?


Eight rounds before the end of season the pressure has mounted for all clubs. Everyone is either involved in the title race or is fighting relegation. Those that can claim they are out of both, if anyone at all, play for a possible Europe participation in the new season. Win, or at least something, is a must for everyone.

Besides the pressure to win something, it will be interesting to see who used the break best to refill the tanks. While many players of almost all clubs played in the qualifier, it was a welcomed break from the “all-day-league-stress”. The league is on the last stretch.

Looking at the situation before the break, it seems Arsenal was most happy about the break. Battered from injuries of important players, the most are back in business and ready to rumble. The gunners have another issue the soccer world looks at with interest: Who is playing in goal: The international press and soccer fans are speculating over a possible appearance of Jens Lehmann. While 41, the German ex-international is still able to play. Let’s see what Arsene Wenger is coming up with.

Round 31 match-ups:

West Ham – Manchester United
Birmingham City – Bolton Wanderes
FC Everton – Aston Villa
Newcastle United – Wolves
Stoke City – FC Chelsea
West Brom – FC Liverpool
Wigan Athletic – Tottenham Hotspurs
Arsenal – Blackburn Rovers
FC Fulham – . FC Blackpool
Manchester City – Sunderland

Premier League watch out, Jens Lehmann is back!

Every time you believe you saw everything, something new happens. This week, fellow Jens Lehmann made it back to the Barclay’s English Premier League and Arsenal to help with their goalie misery. Ending his career last summer and pursuing coaching licenses, Lehmann was confronted with the question if he can help out the gunners until the end of the season. For a guy like Jens Lehmann, such requires not much time to think of. Today, he was on Arsenal’s bench at West Brom. Certainly a brave move by Arsene Wenger and the club. Not so much because Lehmann is 41 and already ended his career, but it seems that Manuel Almunia has a mental problem with Jens Lehmann back at Arsenal. The question on whether Lehmann should be back in goal is already up for debate at the Emirates.

Jens Lehmann is a character and his pure presence is already a win for Arsenal. A winner type and a fighter with everything allowed and not allowed, he has turned games around in his career. For the special situation Arsenal is facing right now, he might just be the right guy. The gunners cannot afford another struggle in the goalie position. If Lehmann is fit, he certainly has the stronger personality and attitude for a situation such as this. Think about it, Coach Wenger.