Lehmann Big Fan of Arsenal’s New Number 1
Wenger has already confirmed that Wojciech Szczesny is Arsenal’s number one goalkeeper as he has “done nothing for me to take him out”, and now the Polish international has had praise heaped onto his shoulders from the former Arsenal goalkeeper, Jens Lehmann.
In Lehmann’s first season as number one for Arsenal, he was part of their brilliant unbeaten Premier League winning side of 2003/04. Szczesny may not be experiencing that with Arsenal this season, but he hasn’t shown too many signs of slipping up, and in his short run of consecutive appearances has shown a command for his goal and consistency that Lehmann would have certainly been proud of. Evidently, he is:
“He has got everything he needs apart from the experience and the maturity, so he needs to work hard. He is very talented.”
Now 41 and retired, he has an array of trophies to show off, but the last trophy he won at Arsenal has also been the last trophy that Arsenal have won after suffering over half a decade trophy drought. His last was the F.A Cup of 2005 in which he saved the Paul Scholes spot kick in the penalty shoot-out against Manchester United. Coincidentally, Arsenal’s rivals in the Premier League this season are Manchester United once again, and Lehmann believes that his former team can finally lift a trophy once again this season:
“I think now they are coming to the end of this transition period that started after we won our last Cup. It was always obvious that Arsène wanted to change the team, and he had to,”
“The boys have matured now, so I hope that they are going to win the title.”
Arsenal are still to host United at the Emirates, and when they do on the 30th April, they will have the chance of ending the Red Devil’s unbeaten run in the Premier League – that is if it isn’t already broken before the time they meet. Manchester United are currently five points clear at the top of the table and if Arsenal can keep a clean sheet against them with Wojciech Szczesny in goal, they have a good chance of lifting that coveted Premier League trophy for the first time since 2004.
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