Title depends on Jens says Wilson

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Arsenal legend Bob Wilson believes that Jens Lehmann is exactly the sort of personality that Arsene Wenger’s squad needs in the dressing room at such a crucial stage of the season.

As Arsenal look to overcome the disappointment of crashing out of three competitions in less than a fortnight, the focus is now firmly on their assault for the Barclays Premier League title.

And double winning Wilson, 69, who made over 300 appearances in the Gunnners goal, is adamant that the 41-year-old German’s influence could be the key to success at the Emirates Stadium this season.

"Jens would be incredible in the dressing room and he is fit enough to play anyway.


"And, my goodness, what an input he would have, having been part of the unbeaten title team."

Wenger has come into criticism from some quarters over his decision to tempt Lehmann out of retirement in a bid to resolve Arsenal’s current injury crisis.

But Wilson, who previously worked as a goalkeeping coach under Wenger, has no doubts over the move.

"For Jens to be within the Arsenal set-up at this crucial run-in time I think could be terrific.

"I think he would very quickly get into his shot-stopping, you just do not lose that."

With Arsenal looking to end a six-year spell without silverware, their sole hopes now hang on the domestic title.

Currently sitting three points behind Manchester United with a game in hand, and with a potential season-defining clash against United on 1 May to look forward to.

Arsenal’s destiny remains well and truly in their own hands, and Lehmann could prove to be the difference between success and failure.

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