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Football manager Wenger hails 'competitor' Lehmann

11th April 2011 - Sigvard Magnus

Arsenal football manager was impressed by goalkeeper Jens Lehmann's performance in his return to the first team.

The 41-year-old German played in 199 football games for Arsenal before returning to Germany in 2008, and he retired from the game completely at the end of last season.

However, he was happy to come back to help football manager Arsene Wenger with his goalkeeping crisis, which deepened against Blackpool on Sunday (April 10th) when Manuel Almunia injured himself in the warm-up.

Lehmann was therefore called upon to make his 200th appearance for the club, and impressed with a strong display.

"Jens is a competitor. He brings determination, which you need in the final sprint," football manager Wenger told the BBC.

Lehmann is pleased to be back on the pitch and enjoying the buzz of football games, describing life without the adrenaline rush of football as "boring", but he has no idea if he will get another chance.

"If that's my last game ever, I'm happy because we won. Let's see," he said.

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