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Jens' Top Moments

With Big Jens about to be dragged into the sunset, kicking and screaming in his straitjacket, I thought it was worth recounting some of his more memorable moments in his five year stint at the Gunners. He was integral to our unbeaten season, our most consistent performer in the run to the Champions League Final in 2006 and he inspired one of my favourite tee shirts ever. Beware the Keeper!

VILLARREAL April 2006- If I have to pick one adrenalin busting moment from my time supporting Arsenal, this is it. Having played appallingly on a balmy night in Eastern Spain. Having chewed my nails up to my elbows for the entire evening, my heart sank into my stomach when the referee gave a soft penalty in the last minute against Gael Clichy. I didn't even have the energy to get angry, as Kenny, who had been infuriatingly positive all evening insisted, 'he'll save it, he'll save it.' True prophesy, Jens beat out Riquelme's effort and I've never been involved in a more intense jostle in a football ground before, and I doubt I ever will again. A true indication of Jens' professionalism occured as he angrily ushered away Kolo Toure who ran over to congratulate him. As he walked triumphantly towards our little corner, the Arsenal public has seldom expelled such a hero's reception to one of its sons.

REAL MADRID February 2006- With a pulsating tie teetering on a knife's edge, Arsenal leading by one goal in the second half of the second leg, Jens pulled off one of the most memorable saves in history. Raul cracked a first time shot against the post, the ball bounced perfectly back to the right foot of Raul with Lehmann stranded in his goal. With Raul wheeling away and the ball arrowing towards the corner, Lehmann rose from his paralysis and unbelievably tipped it around the post with the flat of his palm. It was the save that gave us one of the most significant results in the club's history.

MANCHESTER UNITED May 2005- Another game in which Arsenal played terribly. The 2005 F.A. Cup Final saw Arsenal outplayed, outfought and outthought by Manchester United. Confusingly, critics have followed the line of that odious twat Allardyce that Arsenal played defensively. Not true at all, we played shit. There is a difference. Had we played defensively, Lehmann may not have been called upon to make a series of stunning stops. Two from Rooney stand out, Lehmann was Arsenal's only decent performer on the day, helping Arsenal somehow hold out until penalties, where Lehmann's save from Scholes won Arsenal the Cup. A tribute to Jens' incredible mental focus, Lehmann testifies that he had no idea that Vieira's ultimate spot kick had won Arsenal the shoot out as he was preparing for the next penalty.

LEHMANN versus DIDIER DROGBA December 2006- A favourite in the blooper reels, Lehmann and Drogba clashed in slapstick fashion. Both chest bumping one another in an act of oneupmanship, before both collapsing to the ground in histrionic fashion. Stupid, appalling, fricking hilarious.

LEHMANN versus KEVIN DAVIES February 2006- Jens went walkies to the touchline during a hard fought draw with Bolton at Highbury. Davies dared to stir the beast by challenging Lehmann completely legally. Lehmann held his foot in a look of mock anguish, but realising the referee had not awarded him the free kick he desired. His apparent agony faded instantly as he jumped to his feet, even going so far as to stamp the wounded limb on the ground in anger. Tragically, the oscar was not forthcoming.

LEHMANN versus CHRIS KIRKLAND February 2007-With Wigan moving into an early lead, Latics keeper Chris Kirkland, much to the chargrin of Gooners, wasted record amounts of time, I think in preparation for one of his goalkicks, the Clock End timepiece vomited in disgust. So when Arsenal turned the game around late on, Lehmann decided to exact hilarious retribution. Firstly instructing the ball boy to leave the ball behind his goal, he indulged in a game of wallball with the advertising hoardings. Once he was good and ready he placed the ball on the edge of his six yard area to take the kick, before changing his mind and moving the ball to the other side ofhis box in an act of piss taking against Kirkland. He received a yellow card for his troubles, which in turn led to a suspesnion. A goalkeeper who can amass five bookings by February. Says it all.

They're just some of my favourites, there are other memories,the virtuoso performance at Anfield, clipping Kevin Phillips around the ear in an amusingly fatherly fashion, shoving that annoying mallet headed prick Robbie Keane to the ground during our title win at White Hart Lane. Thanks for the memories Jens. It's been a blast.LD.




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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 5 2008

Time: 1:48PM

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His save in our 1-0 at Old Trafford last season was one of the best I've seen, it left Ole Gunner so wide eyed that they nearly fell out. But the Wigan incident is my favorite .... lol .... If Chelsea win tonight Wenger has got to let him play on Saturday...one last booking for old times sake!!
Rocky7
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05/05/2008 13:59:00

I forgot that Utd save, quality. You can read Solskjaer's lips when he says, "how the ***** did he save that?" Anyone seen Smith's goal in the Ladies Cup Final? Carbon copy of a Ljungberg goal from a DB10 through ball circa 2002.
Little Dutch
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05/05/2008 14:13:00

Thank you so much for this LD!!! I absolutely love our crazy German and I've missed him all season long. I was all choked up on Sunday when he came on. It was a dreadful game and it took Jens to change the entire atmosphere. When he's in goal, the whole feel of the team changes, I wish he'd played a lot more this season. He's just a class above Almunia, never mind Fabianski. I loved the Jens and Didier Show last season and that retribution against Kirkland still makes me laugh. He was also superb for Germany at the 2006 wc.
jaelle
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05/05/2008 14:43:00

I liked the time when Lampard said he saw him in a restaurant. He went over to talk to Leman and got blanked by the German. Love it. Also his comment about Almunia "To be sitting on the bench behind somebody who only started to play when he was 30 is not funny". Oh but it is funny jens
paul_ownz
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05/05/2008 15:53:00

Yep, that save last year against Man U was unbelievable, my personal favorite! Blessings!!
Paulsito
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05/05/2008 17:48:00

Question: Does anyone think we would have won the league with Lehman in goal inspite of the adversities? or at least think we would have had a better chance?
Paulsito
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05/05/2008 17:51:00

It's hard to say Paul, but had Lehmann not been in goal at all we would have had 2 extra points vs Blackburn .... lol
Rocky7
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05/05/2008 17:58:00

Flamini's gone to AC. Official.
Little Dutch
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05/05/2008 17:59:00

True! geez, looking at the table, what a difference two points make!! Flamini's gone, THANK GOD!!!!! cant stand these waiting GAMES!! At least with Edu, we knew he was out a while b4 the end o f the season. Thanks for what you have done, PEACE.
Paulsito
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05/05/2008 18:14:00

For all his ups and downs, life is certainly interesting with Jens. It was an emotional farewell yesterday. It's a shame we don't get to say goodbye to all our loved players. Maybe the main one (TH) could be back next season. Good luck to Flamini. I think it's a move in the wrong direction, but I bet his agents well pleased. I won't be giving him stick if we play them in europe again.
navydave
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05/05/2008 20:59:00

Jen's save for Raul's first shot was with his palm, the second shot was with the tip of his middle and pointing fingers!
entropy13
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06/05/2008 04:45:00

anyone else remember jens pushing ronaldo over out of the refs view?, luckily cameras caught it, pure comedy, gonna miss u jens!
TR7
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06/05/2008 12:10:00

I iwll really miss jens and while I have nothing against almunia, jens should have been allowed to see the season through as 1st choice,,,
TeamSpirit
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06/05/2008 14:44:00

Gonna miss our mad monk!!!! The incident with Drogba was flippin' hilarious. Only Jens has the brassneck to *****take another player on the pitch!!! Fabulous performance in 2006 CL campaign- totally deserved the UEFA goalie of the year award- if only the story had had a happier ending. Good luck Jens and thanks for the memories...
julieloveshenry4ever
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