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Lehmann Is Mad Keen To Help Arsenal

Arsenal cult-hero, Mad Jens Lehmann looks set to make an astonishing comeback to football shortly after retiring in a bid to help his former team mates out as we hit crisis point with both our first and second choice keepers getting injured at the same time.

News broke yesterday that Arsene Wenger sought to bring back the crazy German in a move not too dissimilar to the one that saw Sol Campbell don the red and white once again last season (to great effect too), so that we'd have some goal keeping cover over the age of 12.

Lehmann was all too happy to oblige.

'I know this Arsenal team and I am sure we can go on and win the title. If I can play a part in that, so much the better,' said the massive lunatic.

'It never crossed my mind that I might end up saving it. But when they asked me, I was more than happy to oblige. It was just over the last few days that they contacted me to see if I could help out for the rest of the season and I agreed straight away.'

Lehmann also played down past arguments with the man he is now looking to cover.

'That was then, but this is different.'

'I am ready for the challenge, but I know my main job will be helping out and providing cover. I have a lot of experience and I am happy to pass it on to Almunia or whoever else is in goal.'

So if Almunia is looking for advice on how to batter Drogba, gouge Nicklas Anelka's eyes out, kick Kevin Davies in the tits, have a slash at the side of the pitch, throw Wayne Rooney's boot over the goal posts or comically waste some time ..... we've got the ideal man for the job.

Welcome back Mad Jens!

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 15 2011

Time: 9:28AM

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Beware of the keeper. Strictly no trespassers.
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15/03/2011 09:43:00

This news makes me smile. It really does. Having just read Arseblog this morning I think he has it spot on. No other keepers would be available who weren't, to be frank, s***. Jens is a character, he loves Arsenal and we love him back in return. In reality the hope is he won't be needed, but that doesn't mean he can help us out in the dressing room. If anything, he can scare these youngmen into winning the league for fear off having their kidneys removed by hand!
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15/03/2011 09:52:00

We aren't even getting back the keeper he was when he left us but he is good pragmatic cover and it is such a popular decision with supporters that it is a good move if only for the boost it gives to fans. It may even help mend bridges with Almunia which can only help his self belief as we go into the final 10 games of the season. Even better news to come if the Swiss FA's suggestion on their web site that Djourou's injury isn't as bad as first thought and that he might even make their international on the 26th is realistic.
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15/03/2011 10:08:00

That's it in a nutshell. TONIC. He is experienced, he is a winner and he'll scare the bejesus out of anyone that dares to cross us! His very presence in the dressing room will hopefully spark a few mopey joes...
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15/03/2011 10:44:00

It's as well to remember though that despite the similar enthusiasm for the re-appointment of Campbell last season we still lost 5 and drew 4 of the 15 games he featured in. It's great fun to have Jens back but I dearly hope and pray we don't have to play him! I hope and believe that as a more settled character he can be a positive influence in the dressing room. But it was never a strength of his before and he created a lot of problems there for Stutgaart last season. His role is very different now and he is an intelligent man despite the sobriquets. I hope he uses that intelligence positively.
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15/03/2011 11:00:00

Don't know Amos- personally I that whoever is in charge of diagnosing our injuries, has got a touch of the "mad monks," nevermind Jens.
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15/03/2011 11:48:00

The fact that Campbell was here when we lost four and drew five are have no baring on each other. Campbell was one of our best players when he was back, the enthusiasm was borne of his past legend, but he fully justified his place in the team.
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15/03/2011 11:56:00

The return of Mad Jens is not only a wonderful boost to Arsenal, it's a fantastic boost to football in general just for the entertainment value. I met Jens once in London, got a big smile out of him, an autograph, a hug and a laugh when I told him I thought we had the most entertaining & most fun keeper in the history of football. Agree with Amos that it would be better if we don't have to use him because he hasn't played in so long and is therefore out of form. Tho a part of me would dearly love to see him play at least 15-20 mins. I love that crazy German. And every journo who's ever spent any time with him in person has always said that his off-pitch personality is very different from his on-pitch reputation -- a warm, friendly, intelligent, approachable guy. Except of course to the likes of John Terry & Wayne Rooney -- Jens always kept a stone-cold unfriendly distance from players of our major rivals. I remember an article quoting Lampard & Terry saying how he refused to even greet them in a restaurant.
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15/03/2011 13:01:00

JENS mad crack pot crazy lunatic LEHMAN.... and thats just using terms from your brief write-up Rocky...... I CAN'T WAIT ;)
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15/03/2011 13:08:00

Feel free to add some of your own LIAG :)
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15/03/2011 13:25:00

Has anyone invented a serum that could reverse the aging process by 10 years? Now, that would be something. A 31 years old Mad Jens for the run in. haa!
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15/03/2011 15:23:00

And a 26 year old Bobby pires
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15/03/2011 15:32:00

And a 13 year old Cesc .... he'd still be awesome.
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15/03/2011 15:33:00

Not too sure of his pre-retirement form cos I didn't watch much Bundesliga. But for me, regardless of his current fitness, which can be addressed by the coaching staff, I love the idea of having a screaming, yelling leader in the team, even if just for that sort of bite and fight cos that's exactly what we need right now.
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15/03/2011 16:35:00

Love you you fecking lunatic. You bloody beautiful ****.
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15/03/2011 17:22:00

I read an article once saying that he was in an airport in early June with his family- obviously on his way to a family holiday- and he was still wearing an Arsenal polo shirt.
Little Dutch
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15/03/2011 18:37:00

Like Amos, I do hope we only have to use him sparingly (but, then, that was what we hoped for Campbell). It can only portend something good, is all I can think about the return of mad Jens.
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15/03/2011 22:07:00

He did come to the Emirates a few weeks ago for some charity work with kids; read that on the official site. Should have known something could be brewing there.
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15/03/2011 22:10:00

If Jens can bring us a little more focus for the run-in, i'm all for it. Not sure Almunia will be overjoyed by the news but he should take the positives from it, in that he has the gk jersey. How is it possible that both our first, second and fourth keeper are all injured at the same time? Only Arsenal. I have been reading a lot of drivel from fans about why Wenger should go these days... I cant believe what i am reading. Which top class manager should we appoint to make us win? David Moyes, Roy Hodgson... That Wenger has consistently maintaines us in the top 4 all these years on a shoestring budget is admirable. He has made mistakes yes but noone is perfect. He's done way more good than bad and we are now acting like spoiled children.
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16/03/2011 16:02:00

Gael-Force me son, it is the exclusive preserve of the football fan, to act like obnoxious little spoilt brats. Some of our fellow Gooners, really need to get real and move out of coocooland. Maybe, they would love to have our Woy Hodgson, or, oh yea! How about Moaningho? puleeeze!
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17/03/2011 12:18:00

Some of this is comic book stuff...
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17/03/2011 13:53:00

Well, above the many advantages of a thoroughly loony-net minder, I get the feeling Almunia won't be taking it as calmly as some Arsenal fans are suggesting he might. Think about it; this is the same guy Almunia repeatedly insisted hated him. Not disliked, not avoided, hated him. As such, it will lead to quite a bit of friction in the dressing room, methinks. Still, if he brings the grit that Arsenal so badly need, it won't be such a bad thing after all.
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17/03/2011 20:29:00

You're putting too much stock in tabloid tales. Lehmann is on a month by month rolling contract he's no real threat to Almunia at all just some insurance cover. He isn't after Almunia's place so there's no need for, and won't be any friction. If anything it's a chance to mend some bridges. They'll be fine.
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17/03/2011 21:15:00


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