Former Invincible set for Arsenal coaching role

Arsenal are in talks with Jens Lehmann to return to Arsenal as a goal keeping coach.

The former German stopper joined Arsenal on a free transfer in 2004. In his first season at the club, he did not lose a single league game, playing in all 38 of the unbeaten Premier League run, to become an invincible.

His career at Arsenal had many highs and lows, and he was certainly a character, from his rolly pollies before the game to his ill discipline that saw him make costly errors.

He won the league title in 2004 and pulled of key penalty saves in 2005 as Arsenal beat Manchester United in the FA Cup Final. He is also remembered for being sent off in the 2006 Champions League Final.

Lehmann left Arsenal in 2008 to return to Germany

In 2011 he was planning to begin his coaching badges, but dropped out of the course to return to Arsenal as the sides goal keeper injury crisis grew. In total he played 200 games for The Gunners.

He began his badges in 2012, when he set about doing his UEFA coaching degree with his practicals set to be at his former team FC Arsenal Reserves.

Lehmann will be the second goal keeping addition to Arsene Wenger’s backroom staff, with Ex-Crystal Palace and Newcastle coach Andy Woodman, 45, joining up to look after Arsenal’s under-23s.

Woodman, father of England under-20s World Cup winning hero Freddie, landed the job ahead of ex-Palace keeper Perry Suckling, who was also on the shortlist.

The appointments will strengthen Arsenal’s coaching line-up after first team keeper coach Gerry Peyton also signed a new deal.

Arsenal had already appointed former Liverpool head of fitness Darren Burgess as they began a shake up of London Colney.

Aussie Burgess has been appointed the club’s director of high performance after agreeing a move from Port Adelaide and will oversee the whole medical set-up.

Off the training pitch, former Team Sky legal and commercial expert Huss Fahmy has been bought in to oversee player contracts.



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