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Gunners return was an easy decision says Lehmann

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Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has described his surprise return to the Emirates Stadium as the easiest decision of his career.

The 41-year-old former Germany international recently came out of retirement to sign a short term deal with the Gunners to act as cover until the end of the season following an apparent goalkeeping injury crisis.

When Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made the call to enquire about the possibility of a return to action, it didn’t take Lehmann long to make a decision.

"It wasn't a hard decision to make," Lehmann told Arsenal's Official Matchday Programme.

 

"[My family] knew that it was a surprise call from Arsène Wenger and they all liked [the idea] of coming back to London. I like London very much and I’ve got a lot of friends here.

"I will be seeing my kids quite often because I can go back after the game and that will work for eight or ten weeks."

After returning to Germany in 2008 and signing for VFB Stuttgart, Lehmann seemingly called time on an illustrious career spanning over 22 years at the end of last season.

However, an offer to return to his former club under the same manager he had spent five successful seasons, was too good for him to turn down.

Lehmann signed for the Gunners in the middle of last month and made his first appearance in Arsenal's matchday squad in the recent Barclays Premier League encounter with West Brom.

Reflecting on his first few weeks, Lehmann explained, "[The training] was quite hard at the beginning and last week it was particularly hard.

"But they gave me two days off and the good thing was that my body recovered quite quickly. That is a good sign."

With Manuel Almunia under increasing pressure after another uncertain display in the Arsenal goal this weekend, there have been calls from some corners for Lehmann to be handed a full return to the starting line-up.

But when asked whether he would consider a full-time return to playing action, Lehmann spoke of his desire to continue working within the game – but not strictly in a playing capacity.

"I have started my coaching badges - that is my plan," he concluded.

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