Belfast Telegraph

Lehmann happy to help Gunners

Jens Lehmann is ready to answer Arsenal's goalkeeping SOS and make a sensational return to the Barclays Premier League club.

With Lukasz Fabianski sidelined until the end of the season because of a shoulder problem and Wojciech Szczesny suffering an injured finger during the Champions League defeat to Barcelona, Manuel Almunia has been left as the only fit senior goalkeeper within the Gunners squad.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has elected to ask Lehmann to come out of retirement and return to the club he left in 2008, and the former German international said on "Arsenal currently have a goalkeeping crisis and I jumped at the chance to help them."

While a deal is not yet complete, Lehmann, who would be signed as a free agent, could be in contention to make the squad for Saturday's Premier League trip to struggling West Brom.

Lehmann - who was sent off in the 2006 Champions League final defeat against Barcelona - is likely to provide experienced cover for Almunia, renewing the pair's often difficult relationship when they battled it out for the number one spot.

Lehmann, 41, played for two seasons at Stuttgart in 2008 before hanging up his gloves and has since worked in the German media, which saw him at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

The veteran made almost 200 appearances for the Gunners - with whom he won the Premier League title in 2003/04 as part of the Invincibles side - and has been in regular touch with Arsenal during his recent stay in England working on coaching badges.


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