Lehmann: I hope to contribute positively

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Jens Lehmann says he’s aiming to have a positive impact in hisĀ new coaching role at Arsenal and hopes the position will be a springboard to a future career in management.

The 47-year-old has been appointed by Arsene Wenger to work with Steve Bould and Boro Primorac on first team matters and has already been spotted at pre-season sessions at London Colney.

Opening up on his ambitions for the future, Lehmann told German publication Bild of his desire to go solo some day.

“Yes, that’s the point, the goal is to work somewhere independently.

“I spoke to him [Wenger]. There were then two more talks, in which I told him what I can contribute.

“I am the only new guy in the coaching staff, so I will listen a lot and keep my eyes open.

“My place will also be more up on the stands than down on the bench, I suppose. I hope to contribute positively with this.”

Lehmann is expected to be part of Arsenal’s touring party to Australia and China. The Gunners are due to play two matches this week at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney against Sydney FC (Thursday) and Western Sydney Wanderers (Saturday).

No doubt Arsene Wenger will be quizzed on his new appointment in the coming days.

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