Sunday, May 9, 2010

3 Hearty cheers for Lehmann

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann's 22-year illustrious career came to a close yesterday with VfB Stuttgart's final match of the season, they were held by Hoffenheim 1-1.

Arsene Wenger is still struggling to fill the void his departure created. So far, so good - Manuel Almunia and his partner-in-error Lucasz Fabianski have failed in their bid to step into the shoes of the influential ex Gunner who at 40 and after 22 seasons interspersed with trophies can still challenge them effectively for their respective positions.

If you are a staunch Gunner and you know it, then you know him. I acknowledge the fact that he made mistakes, but he's retired lets be happy for him.

Although, the 40-year-old former Germany international failed to live up to our lofty expectations at times. I can still recall vividly that backpass from Gael Clichy and Healy's resultant goal, Lehmann lost concentration momentarily and the Irish international dealt decisively with us, it took late goals from Robin Van Persie and one ungrateful Barca fan who disguised himself as a Gunner to snatch a late win at the Emirates.

I won't like to dwell on his frailties, so lets celebrate an accomplished winner/bad loser, excuse me! I forgot to add - and still the only goalkeeper in the World to be sent off in the Final of the Champions League... JENS LEHMANN.