In football, as in all other walks of life, one man’s poison is another man’s meat. Or, one man’s loss is another man’s profit.
And Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is certainly one who is enjoying his meat very much at the moment. For much of the season, the 38-year old German international custodian has have had to watch the Gunners from the sidelines after manager Arsene Wenger dropped him and promoted Manuel Almunia.
But six weeks back, the Spaniard suffered an injury and Lehmann came back to the picture and has been performing quite well since. He played against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League in midweek and made a number of great saves.
Lehmann says that he is a man for big occasions and insists that he still has the hunger and the class in him. The German international says:
When I’m under pressure in big games, you can rely on me. I’ve played four or five games in a row, we will see how it goes on. With a goalless result, a keeper has not done much wrong.In my case, I have to think from game to game. A draw against Milan was a little disappointing but we did not concede.
Now, now. Is Lehmann thinking that he would be the number one for Arsenal from now on until the end of the season? Maybe, but I guess that as soon as Almunia returns to full fitness, Arsene Wenger would gladly hand him the goalkeeping gloves.