Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehamnn recently revealed that he’s open to the idea of a coaching role in England and there’s a very good reason his former club should try and snap him up.
Lehmann is a key, experienced figure who would not only make Wojciech Szczesny a better goalkeeper, but increase the club’s chances of attracting a world class back-up in the form of Victor Valdes.
“It does not have to be Germany, in England may also be a possibility, but as a coach. In Germany, people see me more as a sports director. That will be decided in the next six to eight weeks,” he told German newspaper Bild.
Valdes suffered a bad knee injury earlier in the season playing for Barcelona, which has ruled him out of the World Cup and ended his career with the Spanish giants early.
He is a free agent when this season officially ends and Lehmann could play a big role in convincing him that Arsenal is a good place for him to spend the final part of his career, if his recovery goes well.
Lehmann is the perfect example of someone who was able to enjoy a period of success at Arsenal in the later stage of his career, making close to 150 league appearances for the club between 2003 and 2008.
It’s still unclear whether Valdes will be able to recover from his current injury but the fact he’s a free agent reduces the gamble slightly on the part of Arsene Wenger.
It would be a move that he wouldn’t go anywhere near if he was paying a fee for Valdes, with plenty of players in the past having retired due to similar ACL problems.
Valdes ticks every box in terms of what Wenger will be looking for in a goalkeeper who can come in and take Lukasz Fabianski’s position in the current squad, but whether he’ll sign an injured player is hard to gauge.
It could be a masterstroke drafting in Lehmann regardless of whether the club signs Valdes.