Jens Lehmann has confirmed to German publication Welt that he will take up a first team coaching role at Arsenal.
It was reported on Monday that the 47-year-old had been contacted by the Gunners and when asked about the rumour today, revealed: “Yes, it’s true.”
The ‘Invincible’ is set to take up a position alongside Boro Primorac and Steve Bould meaning we’ll be treated to the spectacle of Jens on the Arsenal bench for the 2017/18 season.
Lehmann left the Emirates for Stuttgart in 2008 after five successful years in London. He returned to Arsenal in 2011 to undertake his coaching badges with the Welsh FA and during that stint memorably came out of retirement to provide emergency cover when Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone suffered simultaneous injuries.
He subsequently became the oldest player to play for Arsenal in the Premier League when he made his 200th appearance in a 3-1 win away at Blackpool.
Lehmann is the latest recruit to the club’s backroom staff following the acquisition of fitness guru Darren Burgess and under-23 goalkeeping coach Andy Woodward.