Jens Lehmann says he can help Arsenal win Premier League title
Tuesday 15 March 2011
Jens Lehmann is confident he can help Arsenal win the title as he edges closer to a surprise return to the north London club.
The former Germany goalkeeper, 41, left Arsenal in 2008 but is in talks over a short-term deal to help the club through an injury crisis which has seen Lukasz Fabianski ruled out until the end of the season because of a shoulder problem and Wojciech Szczesny sidelined with an injured finger.
Manuel Almunia is the only fit keeper in the squad currently meaning Lehmann, providing the talks go smoothly, could be on the bench when Arsene Wenger's men go to West Brom at the weekend.
And the former Borussia Dortmund stopper believes he can claim a second Barclays Premier League crown after being a part of the 'Invincibles' team which went through the 2003/2004 campaign unbeaten.
He told German newspaper Bild: "This time I'm looking forward to being in a back-up role and will look to support Almunia.
"We can still win the title."
Arsenal are currently three points adrift of league leaders Manchester United but have suffered three disappointments in the past three weeks with a Carling Cup final loss to Birmingham and exits from the Champions League and FA Cup to Barcelona and United respectively.
Lehmann witnessed the European setback at the Nou Camp while working for the German media and admitted he did not think things would turn out the way they have when Szczesny was forced off in the first half.
"Arsenal currently have a goalkeeping crisis and I would like to help out," he added.
"I was a Sky analyst in Barcelona and was present when Szczesny injured his finger.
"I did not even dream that Arsenal would then come and get me."
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