Former Arsenal keeper puzzling Germans and angering bosses with recent comments

Jens Lehmann

Arsenal’s former keeper has a lot to say recently and receives not always positive feedback for that

Jens Lehmann, who was Arsenal’s goalie from 2003-2008, stated that he was ashamed of Schalke’s recent performances against Real Madrid (1-6) and Bayern (1-5).

Horst Heldt, Schalke’s current manager, used the same words when he responded in the German newspaper Bild. “I was also very angry about our recent results, just as any other Schalke fan. But the last time I was ashamed about something was when Jens Lehmann as a player from VfB Stuttgart took away they glasses from a fan from Mainz." With this statement he refers to an incident in 2009 when Lehmann took away the glasses of a Mainz fan who had mocked him after receiving a red card in the match back then between Stuttgart and Mainz. Heldt was Stuttgart’s manager at that time.

Recently Lehmann entertains the German public with a series of rather uncommon ideas and comments.

After Hitzlsperger’s coming out he stated on Sky that he would have felt strange if a team member had outed himself. "One takes a shower together every day, and there are periods when the teams isn’t playing so well. Nobody can control one’s thoughts. What I know for sure is that there would have been some people who permanently would have made jokes about it. It’s not as if there are 25 very intellectual guys who discuss if someone is gay or not. Football is for men – one doesn’t have to think that much.”

With statements like this he probably won’t contribute much to a climate of more tolerance for gay football players but rather confirmed that a coming out as an active football player maybe wouldn’t be such a good idea.

Three weeks ago he surprised the German football fans with a new economical dispersion model. Once again on Sky Germany he shared the following idea. "One could ask Bayern if they don’t want to share the money that they get from companies like Telekom, Allianz or Adidas with all the other Bundesliga teams. Eventually this money comes from millions of Germans who are the reason why these companies made so much money in the first place.”

Without any doubt that’s a charming and rather romantic idea of how we could rearrange the Bundesliga or even our society. One could also ask Jens Lehmann if he doesn’t want to share all his money that he had earned during his career with his neighbors. Eventually this money comes from thousands of fans who are the reason why his teams made so much money in the first place.

On February 17th Lehmann tweeted in English that his bag was stolen from his car in London and that he would pay 2000 pounds to the person who brings it back to him. It is not delivered how successful this form of investigation was but maybe the thief was not too convinced that Lehmann would really pay him some money for bringing back the bag after having stolen it. Lehmann himself can be seen as a good role model here as he actually returned the Mainz fan in 2009 his glasses without asking for any money.

Jens Lehmann has anything but disappeared. He faced and faces social and personal problems with creative solutions and gives an insight of what football players really think when they’re taking a shower. Let’s feel ashamed of Horst Heldt for feeling ashamed of somebody like him.

image: © wonker

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