Gunners veteran hints at longer stay

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Jens Lehmann has revealed he could remain at Arsenal beyond the end of the current season.

The former Germany goalkeeper retired at the end of last season but was persuaded to re-join the Gunners in March after they suffered an injury crisis.

Lehmann accepted Wenger's offer to return to the Emirates and, despite only playing once since signing a short-term contract, he told German newspaper Bild he could surprise everyone by continuing in a playing capacity for a further year. The 41-year-old said: "It was not really a comeback, but more of a last resort - actually more of a hobby."


He added: "I took three weeks to get really fit - and then I had to play against Blackpool. I thought 'You can do it still. It is not forgotten'.

"From my performance I would be able to continue playing. My team-mates are always asking me if I'll still be here next season."

But even if he decides to retire for a second time the former Schalke, Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart stopper is likely to remain in football as he continues working towards his coaching badges with England as a preferred destination once the course is completed.

"I can very well imagine a job in football. First, I'll probably end my trainer course," he said.

"When you have such personalities as Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, this (England) is the ideal solution."

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