Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was happy to come through 90 minutes of reserve team football for the Gunners yesterday.
Despite going down 2-1 away at Wigan, the German veteran felt the run-out was beneficial to his progression after penning a short-term deal with the club at the start of the month.
“It was very beneficial for me to play a game. Physically I felt well because I’ve trained hard during the last few weeks," the 41-year-old told the official Arsenal website.
“I was OK before [I joined] but it’s different when you train with the team for three hours. I felt that quite a lot last weekend. But now I have recovered a little bit and I felt quite fresh today."
The Emirates outfit were reduced to ten-men early on when Ignasi Miquel saw red, meaning the former Bayer Leverkusen keeper was busier than he might have imagined on a Tuesday afternoon.
Whilst Lehmann admits it was disappointing to lose the game, the stopper can see the bigger picture and could well come into first team contention in north London.
“It was good, I was looking forward to it. Unfortunately, we lost so I’m not really happy. It is always good to learn a little bit what I could have done better," he continued.
“There are some situations that you can’t play in a training game because in a real game there is a referee, linesmen and everything has to fit together to create situations like the game itself. It was a good experience."
Reserve team boss Neil Banfield was also quick to praise the goalkeeper for his attitude, and believes he can do the job wanted by Arsene Wenger.
"Jens has been fantastic and he is a fantastic professional. He’s been talking to the lads and has come out today to get himself ready for what the manager wants to use him for. He is first-class."