Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is at a crossroads. The German international is 38 but has every chance of featuring in Euro 2008, though much depends on whether he moves from the Emirates this month.
Lehmann, Germany’s first choice at the 2006 World Cup, has been out of Arsenal’s starting XI since early in the season and desperately needs to make a decision on his future at the Emirates should he still harbour ambition of appearing in yet another major international competition.
In an interview to the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, as picked up by ESPN Soccernet, Lehmann is contemplating taking more time to decide about his future. He said:
”Since this is a difficult decision which affects my family above all, I need to consider and discuss a few things. I cannot name a definite date (for my decision), but I think it will be within a few days.”
The decision in question is whether to move to Borussia Dortmund in the the German Bundesliga. Dortmund lie in mid-table and have already expressed a keen desire to sign the player, even on a loan deal. However, it is widely expected that should Lehmann indeed move back to his homeland, it would be on a permanent transfer rather than on a six-month loan.
Of course switching over to Dortmund would imply the subtraction of the attraction of playing in the UEFA Champions League even from the bench. It would also denote a considerable cut in his wage but would mean that Lehmann gets to play regularly and that will certainly enhance his chances of playing in Austria and Switzerland this summer. At the moment for a player of Lehmann’s stature, playing in the European championships ought to be a firm motive.