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Arsenal legend Jens Lehmann eyes English coaching role

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Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has revealed that he expects to have a concrete return to football sorted within the next two months, telling Bild that he would jump at the chance to take up a coaching role in England next season if given the opportunity.

Lehmann spent five action-packed years as Arsenal number one from 2003 to 2008, with highlights including playing a key role in an unbeaten Premier League campaign and saving Juan Roman Riquelme's last-gasp penalty in a Champions League semi-final against Villareal.

The 44-year-old also famously returned for one match against Blackpool in 2011 to help Arsenal solve a short-term injury crisis before retiring from active duty, but the German international is ready to leave a punditry role on television in his native country in search of a more hands-on role in the game.

He told Bild: “It may very well be that I’m, from the summer, closer to the football. “Probably in a club.

"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."

Arsenal fans would certainly welcome Lehmann's return to the Emirates in some capacity, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger sometimes criticised for not incorporating the wealth of experience gained by his former players into a large backroom staff.

Lehmann has also been linked with a role in Germany coach Joachim Low's backroom staff at this summer's World Cup, but for now the ex-AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund stopper remains available for hire.

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