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Dortmund Confirm Nutcase Interest

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed they have held talks with Crazy German, Jens Lehmann.

The immortal goalkeeper has found himself out of favour for the North London giants after committing two quite criminal blunders in the early stages of the season, and after a series of mental outbursts seems set to leave the Arsenal.

Borussia's managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke'In my view it was a very positive chat. Jens said he would think about (the offer), but also asked that he not be put under pressure to make a decision, which is fine by us.'

'I don't know when a decision will come, but I can say that we are cautiously optimistic about both the talks and the decision.'

The departure oh Lehmann will come as no great shock. The once great stopper is almost able to draw his pension, and outbursts aimed at Wenger and current number 1 Manuel Almunia have not gone down at all well.

While I think Lehmann should never play for Arsenal again, I will genuinely miss the old nutter, and am eternally grateful for some of the fantastic memories he has given to Arsenal fans.

Edit - It appears the move has broken down due to the crazy German's crazy wage demands. He never fails to entertain.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 4 2008

Time: 3:35PM

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Dortmund's first choice keeper is out for the rest of the season, so this would be a mutually beneficial agreement. He leaves on a slightly sour note, but if he plays on Sunday I'll give him a fond farewell. That Villarreal penalty save might just have been the most intense moment of joy I've ever experienced.
Little Dutch
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04/01/2008 15:48:00

Oh and does anyone else find the current news that Gilberto is out of the team with "illness" slightly ominous?
Little Dutch
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04/01/2008 15:49:00

I honestly felt sad for him when they showed his face right after Almunia saved Robbie Keane's penalty. But he deserved what he got after mouthing off to the press about Almunia and Wenger. But thanks anyway for the memories of the semi-finals and the unbeaten run, Jens. If I'm not mistaken, I think he was the only player to have featured in all the 49 games of the run.
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04/01/2008 15:55:00

Think it's off - Jens' wage demands freaked em out
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04/01/2008 15:56:00

gotta say, i thought the very same thing about the Gibber illness, LD. reading between the lines, you wonder whether it is actually signifying something deeper lying... »»Arsene Knows««
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04/01/2008 15:57:00

It's crazy really. He's 38 and he probably wont play beyond Euro so much can he stand to make in this short period of time. If he's worried about wages and not about playing to get into the German squad, he might as well stay with us.
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04/01/2008 16:00:00

Penalty saves from Riqeumle & Scholes, wonder saves from Solskaer & Raul, comedey double acts with Drogba, time wasting against Wigan......all moments I will cherish.
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04/01/2008 16:00:00

But Mad Jens is also reportedly not happy enough with the money side of the offer. If he's really that keen to play for Germany in Euro 2008, I don't know what he's thinking. Maybe it's because of his reluctance to move his children out of London. But regardless, it's quite likely that we'll see him play for us one last time this Sunday. LD and those of you who're going, please give him a good farewell, as after all he's our Invincible Keeper and deserves a proper send-off (not sending-off!)
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04/01/2008 16:00:00

The thing is Wingers, it's hardly a new thing for Arsenal to do. Remember Edu and Wiltord getting "injuries" conveniently before the end of their contracts? (Edu must be the only player in history to have sprinted off the field with a badly broken foot).
Little Dutch
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04/01/2008 16:13:00

LD - Even Ashley Cole was "injured" right up until the CL final!
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04/01/2008 16:15:00

Again, quite true. And, if you remember, in the summer of 05 Cole signed a one year contract extension. Four days later, Clichy signed a five year extension. Which suggests that the move was pre planned a year in advance. Of course, Cole could have kept his mouth shut for a year and gone quietly, instead, well, you know the rest.................
Little Dutch
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04/01/2008 16:17:00

Lehmann-very strange goalkeeper!
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04/01/2008 16:41:00

Arsene just said about Mad Jens: "But what I respect the most is he is a player who comes in and does his job 100 per cent and does not talk too much. That is what he does at the moment.” At that particular moment of a second, I guess that's what he meant.
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04/01/2008 17:58:00

And btw, Arsene also confirmed there's been no bid from Spurs for Diarra. So that thing about "Arsenal rejecting Spurs bid" was total bull. What's that buzz from the Spurs camp all about? Maybe they're just so hurt to be rejected by, er, Alan Hutton, that they're in delusion again.
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04/01/2008 18:04:00

Lehmann manages to make Almunia play better, and the rivalry between them is a benefit to them both, and to Arsenal itself.
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04/01/2008 20:02:00

He will remain my one time fave GK in gunners shirt. He surely gave us some memories that we won't forget (both good and bad!!!). All the best Mad Jens cause I know for sure you will be leaving. LD, am sure Bert will leave too. I don't he is ready to endure another half of the season on bench but this will be confirmed if Diarra and Flamini stay. By the way, has Flamini signed yet? Or still pondering on the contract?
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05/01/2008 00:15:00

I think he will leave eventually in Jan, its only a matter of time.
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05/01/2008 02:35:00

"It appears the move has broken down due to the crazy German's crazy wage demands. He never fails to entertain." LOL
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05/01/2008 03:36:00

LOL he is just fooling with them but he will move there if no other team shows interest!
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06/01/2008 06:38:00

He'll go. It's his last chance to play in a Major Tournament before he retires that's at stake. He's made more than enough money for wages to be a problem.
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08/01/2008 03:10:00


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