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'Mad Jens' Is Indeed Mad

'Mad Jens' Is Indeed Mad

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.

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Date:Wednesday October 24 2007
Time: 8:56AM


He's just signed his own death warrant. Wenger won't stand for this, he never has and frankly, there's no reason for Jens to play for us again.
Little Dutch
24/10/2007 09:07:00
Well said. Lehmann should not think that his place is guaranteed just because he won titles before. World class player does the talking on the field not to the press.
24/10/2007 09:13:00
To paraphrase the great Peter Griffin "What really grinds my gears" is that Lehmann thinks that he has in some way been humilated by being dropped, as if he is the first person ever to be benched. I'll tell you what humiliating is, acting like a 12 year old in front of 2 million people.
24/10/2007 09:18:00
Wenger, of course, is ever the gentleman in handling the situation. Rocky, spot on, he humiliated himself. Check out this little gem from King Kolo, Lehmann would have done well to rather have a chat with his vice-captain than the media: "There are players that have less skill than me and who are in the media much more. The most important thing for me is to do a good job. Like we say in Africa, you won't be able to hide the sun with your hand. My time will come, I know that. "
24/10/2007 09:25:00
It's degrading to his team mates to suggest he is being humiliated. He should be told not to come into work if he feels this way. One bad apple can upset the whole cart.
24/10/2007 09:32:00
Jens happens to be the oldest and most expereienced player in the squad, yet he is acting like the youngest. If he wants to be a spoiled brat, let him do it elsewhere!!!
24/10/2007 09:34:00
Arsene's response to the question, posed on ITV after the game last night, spoke volumes. The smile (of the cold sort), the short reply, all said that's the end for Lehmann.»»Arsene Knows««
24/10/2007 10:01:00
It seems we'll be having a keeper signed come January...
24/10/2007 10:04:00
Will it be Robert Green? :)
24/10/2007 10:12:00
I thought the two clangers he dropped in August were pretty humiliating.
Little Dutch
24/10/2007 10:15:00
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