Arsenal hero Jens Lehmann a candidate for role he demanded Wenger appoint

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is linked with a vacant post at Stuttgart.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been linked with a role at Stuttgart.

The Bundesliga side sacked Fredi Bobic as sporting director this week, after a dismal start to the season, sitting bottom of the table.

German channel Sport1 has declared Lehmann as a prominent candidate to be appointed in his place.

Lehmann signed for Stuttgart when he left Arsenal in 2008, playing for them for two seasons.

This summer, the 2003/04 Invincibles star showed how much he believes in the role of a sporting director, insisting Arsene Wenger appoint one at Arsenal to work with, if he is to become successful.

He was quoted by The Telegraph: "A club like Arsenal, who is majorly dependent on Arsène’s view on football and philosophy and detection of new players, that is not enough anymore.

“He is doing great but he can’t do everything. A little bit of support on the sporting side in terms of football knowledge outside the training pitch, in my opinion could be helpful.

“Do I want him to stay but with a sporting director alongside him? Yes.”

Sport1 report that Lehmann has been undertaking sports management courses, and the position at Stuttgart would be a good fit for him.

Arsenal appear to have no plans to heed his words regarding creating such a role, not while Wenger is manager at least, but should they decide to one day, Lehmann himself could even become a surprise contender.

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