When I wrote yesterday’s article it was virtually after the game, so I suppose I could have been a little harsh.
But looking at it, Wenger really has to drop Jens.
How many mistakes does he have to make, really?
We all know Lehmann is a quality goalkeeper – there’s no doubt about that. His saves against Riquelme, Solskjaer, Scholes and various others over the last few seasons have literally saved us points, got us to European Finals or won us trophies.
The question is how much power does Lehmann have?
Because in any other circumstances he would be dropped. Just look at Jerzy Dudek, Fabian Bartez, Sander Westerveld – these goalkeepers made less errors than Jens has but that didn’t stop teams like Liverpool and Manchester United dropping them.
If you compiled a list of mistakes Lehmann has made since he has joined then it would be very long indeed. Even in the invincibles season he managed to tarnish the win at White Hart Lane by conceding a stupid foul against Robbie Keane to give away a penalty.
Is Arsene scared of dropping Jens? Will Lehmann sulk and disrupt the dressing room if he’s not playing?
Jens will be 38 years old this year. If he hasn’t got rid of his lapses in judgement by now he never will – or maybe the fact of the matter is the big man is just passed it.
I can’t see the harm in giving Lukasz Fabianski a chance, who is highly rated at the club and Poland’s number one. Arsene has a knack of giving the young guys a chance throughout the different positions in the team so why not at goalkeeper?
Seriously though, does any other team in the world have this many problems with their goalkeeper?