Date:Wednesday October 24 2007
So it's finally official, Mad Jens is certifiably.....well.....Mad.
As kick off loomed at Ashburton Grove last night, news broke that whilst Arsene Wenger was speaking pre-match in one room of the stadium, Jen Lehmann was having a quite ridiculous rant in another.
Speaking to the German press Lehmann suggested that Arsene Wenger was 'humiliating' him by keeping him on the bench and also questioned the standards of both Almunia & Fabianski.
Lehmann stated, 'It`s possible that some day I`ll feel like talking about the whole issue but at the moment I`m just swallowing it all as part of the humiliation. That`s something one has to take in. But I think, and this is aimed at my dear manager, one shouldn`t humiliate players for too long. I`m an Arsenal player and I won`t just fade away quietly.'
'Wenger spoke of three world class goalkeepers. One of them must be me. The other two have proved their class by winning titles? If I think about that, I can`t recall any. I guess today you`re nevertheless world class.'
I will always appreciate everything this eccentric German has done for the club, the unbeaten season, the record breaking ten consecutive clean sheets in the Champions League, the penalty saves from Paul Scholes and Juan Riquelme, the 'Ole eye opening' stop at Old Trafford, but all of these facts considered does not compensate for what Jens is doing now.
The business of football deals only in results, and if the form of one player begins to affect results then only one thing can happen. That player in particular is dropped. Now I'm certain that even the craziest of German's couldn't deny the fact that Lehmann dropped two of the largest clangers you're ever likely to see in two consecutive games at the beginning of the season, it is also true (as proved by Man Utd last term) that a bright start is as important to a successful season as an aggressive finish and a shaky goalkeeper that doesn't inspire confidence would invariably affect the rest of the team.
Despite the fact that I'm not still 100% certain of Almunia's credentials, Wenger's decision to pick the Spaniard ahead of the German has been vindicated by 12 consecutive wins with Almunia keeping goal in 11 of those games and racking up 8 clean sheets.
I predict a hasty exit for Lehmann come January.
Date:Wednesday October 24 2007
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