German national goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is one strong character who is determined to win the hard way. The Goal.com report that the 38-year old has decided to stay at the Emirates until the end of the season at least even knowing better than most than he wouldn’t be able to get too many games under his belt speaks volumes about the character of the German.
Lehmann was dropped by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger early in the season after a few howlers and has been unable to wrestle the number one spot between the sticks from Manuel Almunia ever since. For the past 6 weeks, he was being tipped to return to his native Germany and to Borussia Dortmund to enable himself to play more games and demonstrate his capability and match fitness to keep his place in the German national team that will feature in the Euro 2008 finals in the summer.
So why is Lehmann reluctant to go to Dortmund? He cites this reason to the German newspaper Bild:
It could be that I will be playing often again at Arsenal, however, I believe that my coach Arsene Wenger does not necessarily plan on playing me. But I cannot allow myself anything else than to believe in my chance. If I had opted for money, I would have come to Germany.But during the negotiations with Dortmund it turned out that it would have been unfavourable for my family to move for five months. I did not want my kids to switch school for such a short period.
There you have it: familial reasons.