We have confirmation. Jen Lehmann:
“Yes, it’s true,”
Good work Jens, good work.
Still no real news on what exactly his role at the club will be. Cone Manager? Lucozade Refill Director? Naughty Corner Operator?
Many wild opportunities ahead for the German, good luck. Now our stagnation is on YOUR head.
Arsenal news is so stretched right now, it’s actually a story that Arsenal fans have an acronym for a quartet of players who will likely never be at the club at the same time.
LMAO – Lacazette / Mahrez / Alexis / Ozil
Wonderful. Award winning creativity.
Here’s my thing with all the names on that list: They come with development baggage.
Arsenal are that family that thinks they’re normal, but it’s mostly because everyone lets the bad behaviour slide. Sure, Christmas went past nicely, but no one mentioned John streaking in the woods, no one address Sally’s 4th marriage in 2 years, and no one asked how Dave can afford a Jaguar when all he does is stay home and get stoned all day.
That’s why Jens Lehmann might be interesting. He’d not let a misplaced breadcrumb slide.
Here’s my list of bad behaviour that Jens would need to deal with.
Alexis: Superb player, but plays for himself. Loses the ball a horrendous amount of times because he plays for himself.
Ozil: One of the most exciting creative talents on the planet, but you only get 70% of him. Doesn’t show up in big games. Questionable character.
Mahrez: Wonderful talent, but when the chips are down, like last season. He goes missing.
Lacazette: I mean, now I’ve landed on Lacazette, I realise this one doesn’t fit into the mixer. But let’s just say, he needs to bring it in the big games and be more elite.
Maybe Jens Lehmann can have the difficult conversations? Maybe he’s the guy calling Ozil a coward? Maybe he’s the guy who deals with Alexis when he sulks after being subbed at a non-league side? Maybe he becomes the fear factor… because I have the feeling that’s not Wenger these days.
Anyway, it’s an interesting hire, and it’ll be fascinating to see how close he’s brought into the mixer. It’s literally the most aggressive coaching signing Wenger could have made outside bringing in an actual experienced expert.
However, I’d hold off the: ‘See, he can change’
… because all the evidence points towards that being a nonsense. Wenger is the master of PR and fans are pretty dim and forgetful of how this game works.
> Always on Wenger’s terms
Let’s see how this pans out.