Is Lehmann broken for good?

Is Lehmann broken for good?

Just days after publicly criticising fellow teammate and current first choice goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has suffered an injury that is likely to keep him from challenging for a place in the team for Arsenal’s important weekend clash against Tottenham.

According to German national team manager Joachim Low, Lehmann sustained an elbow injury that will definitely see him miss his country’s game against Romania and should rule him out of Arsenal’s weekend Premier League fixture. Low revealed that Lehmann had been having trouble before Germany’s 2-0 victory over Wales and aggravated the injury by playing the match.

“Jens had a problem before the game, and even more so afterwards so he can rest for the next two or three days.”

This is the second niggling injury that Lehmann has picked up this season and you have to start wondering if age is starting to catch up with him. Although he remains adament that he is still the club’s first-choice goalkeeper when fit, these niggling injuries and Almunia’s good form suggests this is now not the case. While I’m sure we haven’t heard the last from Lehmann of the pitch, I have a sinking feeling that we may not see much more of him in an Arsenal shirt this season.

Hoyte may not have the ability, but he definitely has the attitudeHoyte happy to compete

Lehmann could actually learn a little bit about how to behave on and off the pitch from Justin Hoyte. At the end of last season, Hoyte was undoubtedly Arsenal’s second-choice right back after Emmanuel Eboue, but the new signings of Bacary Sagna and Lassana Diarra as well as Mathieu Flamini’s decision to stay has seen him fall way down the pecking order. Despite this, the young Englishman has stated that he wants to stay at Arsenal for the rest of his career and is not unhappy fighting for a position in the team.

“That’s how football is. It just makes me more determined to work hard and get my place in the side. Competition is good for us and good for the team. I am going to fight and work hard. I want to be at Arsenal all my life.”

You have to admire Hoyte for those mature words. As I mentioned earlier, Lehmann could learn a thing or two. However despite his honorable outlook, I’m just not sure whether Hoyte will ever break into the first team. Despite some solid performances last season I always got the impression that Hoyte was a little clumsy on the ball and scared to get forward. But what should be remembered is that all great sides must have squad players who can come in and do a job and that if that is a role that Hoyte is happy to play then it is only a benefit for the club.

What do you think?

Have your say on Jens Lehmann and Justin Hoyte by leaving a comment.


16 Responses to “Is Lehmann broken for good?”

  1. Ryan
    September 12, 2007 at 8:25 pm #

    Why would thinking that Jens won’t be first choice again give you a sinking feeling? Have you not bothered to watch him at all since he arrived? Besides some good shot stopping he’s one of the worst players in our team by a long way. The words unreliable, unpredictable, bad tempered, arrogant and lazy spring to mind. A few good saves and somehow people like you think he’s somehow better.

  2. Spanish Fry
    September 12, 2007 at 9:32 pm #

    Ryan – I’m definitely in favour of Almunia being selected ahead of Lehmann. I don’t think Lehmann is better; by ‘a sinking feeling’ I just mean that I think Lehmann’s career may be ending in a far more negative way than I would have hoped.

  3. Tubes
    September 12, 2007 at 9:33 pm #

    i go back to what has been said by a lot of people – if someone is being paid 30-40 grand a week to do a job then that should motivate him enough to give 110%, he shouldn´t need a world cup or euro championships to get his arse in to gear.

  4. Spanish Fry
    September 12, 2007 at 9:34 pm #

    Agreed. His comments and attitude have been extremely disappointing. I’ve always liked Lehmann’s quirkiness but his criticism of Almunia is unacceptable.

  5. Arsene
    September 13, 2007 at 1:14 am #

    poor dude lost his balls and screws

  6. Jay
    September 13, 2007 at 1:25 am #

    Lehmanns career is deffo finised and Almunia is a great keeper, personally i fell Almunia has more desire to play therefore will make him sharp. Almunia for No. 1 shirt.

  7. Austen
    September 13, 2007 at 3:34 am #

    i think arsenal is doing well because they’re playing as a team and the team chemistry is very strong unlike such clubs as chelsea because they just bring in new signings all the time. so lehmann is really ruining this. he’s the bad apple in the bunch. get rid of him!!!

  8. Jay
    September 13, 2007 at 7:26 am #

    good comment austen, and a very true statement aswell.

  9. MexicanGunner
    September 13, 2007 at 7:32 am #

    Heyy pay attention plz.

    today is the Carlos Vela debut with Mexico (the big team, no more sub17-19) against Brazil…

    he will not start but he will be at the second half along to Giovanni DosSantos and they will play against GILBERTO, Roanldinho, Kaka, Robinho, etc.

    so that could be great!!!
    you can use Sopcast to see the game.

  10. darragh
    September 13, 2007 at 9:11 am #

    I’ve never been a Lehmann fan. He erractic behaviour on the pitch simply annoys me (remember him and Drogba last year in one of the Arsenal/Chelsea games? What the hell was he doing!). It’s Almunia’s time to shine.

    I feel sorry for Hoyte! He is still only young and there are plenty of chances for him to impress.

    Speaking of Diarra – when is it likely we’ll see him playing?

  11. Spanish Fry
    September 13, 2007 at 9:20 am #

    Austen – Very true. We’ve always known Lehmann is a bit loopy but I am just so disappointed with how he is behaving. Hopefully it just serves to motivate Almunia rather than intimidate him and the benficiary in the long run is the team.

    MexicanGunner – That is exciting news. It would be great if you let me know how he goes (via the Contact form) and I’ll look at adding some of it to today/tomorrow’s post. Cheers.

  12. Spanish Fry
    September 13, 2007 at 9:23 am #

    darragh – I feel sorry for Hoyte to a point, but if he’s good enough he’ll earn his place. The problem is I’m not sure he’ll ever quite be up to scratch. A lot of people aren’t of the same opinion as me but I always feel a little uncomfortable when he’s on the field. As for Diarra, who really knows. He played a full 90 minutes in France’s loss to Scotland (wow!) so he’s definitely fit, I think it is just a matter of time. I wouldn’t change a winning side at this stage though, and I’m sure Wenger knows what he’s doing.

  13. Andrew
    September 13, 2007 at 10:53 am #

    I’m disappointed that Lehmann has been given a position of leadership (or at least Wenger said something to that effect a while back) and he goes slagging off his teammates. Making a comment about defensive mistakes is OK, but verbally castigating a competitor for his position is unacceptable. 2 years ago I would say keep Lehmann in the team, but Almunia has looked solid as of late. Even the Gallas of last season wouldn’t have said something like that.

  14. Andrew
    September 13, 2007 at 10:57 am #

    Anyway, Almunia has won some big matches too. Some FA Cup Semi-final and such. And he hasn’t been sent off in a big match.

  15. Spanish Fry
    September 13, 2007 at 11:00 am #

    Andrew – Absolutely right. I think Lehmann is feeling very threatened. He knows his spot is up for grabs and maybe he’s starting to get the feeling that he won’t get it back. Regardless, the comments about Almunia were unfair.

  16. ArsenalKenya
    September 13, 2007 at 3:07 pm #

    Now Wenger has heaped more praises on Fabianski. Are we still going to bid for Artur Boruc given his sentiments. Lehmann should now know his time is out at Arsenal and pack up during the January transfer season. Im very confident in winning our games especially against the big teams when we have Almunia as our goalkeeper.

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