Arsenal news

Lehmann taking positives from return

March 30, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Jens Lehmann said he was treating his comeback for Arsenal reserves as a learning experience after an error-strewn performance.

Jens Lehmann
GettyImagesJens Lehmann made a number of errors during his return for Arsenal reserves

Wenger undecided on 'keeper
Lehmann suffers in reserves debut

Arsene Wenger had suggested he was considering naming Lehmann, 41, in his starting line-up for Saturday's game at home to Blackburn as a result of Manuel Almunia's showing in the 2-2 draw with West Brom. Lehmann, though, made a string of mistakes in a 2-1 defeat for the reserves against Wigan on Monday.

Nonetheless, having retired at the end of the 2009-10 season, Lehmann feels playing in a match was important and that he will learn from the experience.

"It was very beneficial for me to play a game," he told the club's official website. "Physically I felt well because I've trained hard during the last few weeks.

"I was okay before [I joined] but it's different when you train with the team for three hours. I felt that quite a lot last weekend, but now I have recovered a little bit and I felt quite fresh today.

"It was good. I was looking forward to it. Unfortunately, we lost so I'm not really happy. It is always good to learn a little bit what I could have done better.

"There are some situations that you can't play in a training game because in a real game there is a referee, linesmen and everything has to fit together to create situations like the game itself. It was a good experience."