Jens Lehmann could return to Arsenal in a coaching capacity this summer.
On Twitter this morning, @DarrenArsenal1 claimed the Gunners are looking to offer the former Germany international a position at London Colney working with the club’s goalkeepers. It fits nicely with the ‘backroom staff shake-up’ narrative and has triggered a host of articles from mainstream media outlets, including The Mirror, The Times and The Independent.
Told that we are also discussion with a former goalkeeper about joining backroom as a Goalkeeping coach. Invincible
— Darren (@DarrenArsenal1) July 3, 2017
Quite what role we’re looking to offer the ‘Invincible’ remains to be seen given Gerry Payton, the current first team goalkeeper coach, recently signed a new deal at the club, and ex-Crystal Palace and Newcastle coach Andy Woodman has been hired to fulfil a similar role with the under-23s.
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. He was most recently seen in an Arsenal shirt in September when he saved a penalty for the Legends in their 4-2 win over their AC Milan counterparts.
It’s no secret that Jens is a bit of a character. As well as being incredibly erudite, he’s ridiculously driven, fiercely competitive and…well, bat shit crazy. He’s spent three years talking about a return to football either as a coach or as a sporting director, perhaps we’ll be the ones to benefit from his considerable experience. What a magic!
UPDATE – The Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson claims Lehmann is on the cusp of taking up a first team coaching role alongside Steve Bould and Boro Primorac. All very exciting, if true.