By Luke Reddy
20 Mar 2011 21:50:00
Jens Lehmann returns to Arsenal as a substitute against West Brom (Getty Images)
The 41-year-old formed part of the ‘Invincibles’ side of the 2003-04 season and despite being sat in the dug-out as Arsenal dropped points against West Brom on Saturday, the former Stuttgart keeper insists he was signed to offer “that extra bit of conviction to the players”.
“In terms of experience, I am still good, so I need to give that onto the young lads,” Lehmann told Arsenal TV Online.
“I hope we will be successful in getting the trophy, to give that extra bit of conviction to the players – that is why I am here and why the boss has asked me to come.”
Lehmann takes his place in the Gunners squad alongside Manuel Almunia having watched the Spaniard from the press box during Arsenal’s recent defeat at the Nou Camp in the Champions League and insists he was surprised at being asked to rejoin the club.
He added: “When Szczesny went out, I crossed my fingers for Manuel to do well, and he had a great game, but it never occurred to me that there was a lack of goalkeepers which could end with a request for me.
“I got a text when I got back from Barcelona, it was (goalkeeper coach) Gerry Peyton and at first I did not recognise it because I was very tired, then on the second text I realised he wanted me to get my gloves out again.
“Later Arsene Wenger called me to ask if I was available, and I said ‘let me talk to my wife’ – now I am here. I am happy about it, for an exciting finish of my career and I will try to get the best out of it.”