Pires and Gilberto back Lehmann appointment


Robert Pires and Gilberto Silva believe Jens Lehmann will be a positive influence in the Arsenal dressing room.

Arsene Wenger recently confirmed that the former Germany international has joined his first team staff and will help Steve Bould and Boro Primorac on a day-to-day basis.

Having played alongside Lehmann for three seasons at Highbury, during which the club went unbeaten in the Premier League, won the FA Cup and reached the Champions League final, Pires says the 47-year-old will bring his ‘own rules’ to London Colney.

“It is good news,” Pires told Sky Sports. “I’m very pleased for Jens, he’s a good guy and a good professional. He can help the goalkeepers but not only them, the rest of the squad as well.

“You need to have a competitive side and Jens has always had that. He’s a great professional. He’s a German too, so he has his own rules. Sometimes he is very strict, but you need to have discipline in the dressing room and Jens is the man to bring that.”

Gilberto, who spent five seasons at Arsenal with the German, was similarly enthusiastic about Lehmann’s return.

“I am very pleased for Jens and for the club,” he said. “He is a very professional person and a guy who is passionate for the game.

“I am sure it will be very important for the club to have him around because he is the kind of person who pushes the other guys when he sees something that is not right. The way he does things is in a very positive way.

“Maybe sometimes people saw him do things in the past and had a different interpretation of things but the way he was with us, sometimes we laughed. But in the end, we knew he was doing it for the benefit of the team. Sometimes you must have someone like this.”

For years, Per Mertesacker has been the disciplinarian in the Arsenal dressing room…you get the feeling that Jens may be about to introduce a new fine jar to shake things up.

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