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Arsenal are close to welcoming back their former player Jens Lehmann as a coach, with the Telegraph reporting that the German will work alongside Arsene Wenger and Steve Bould

with all the first team players, and that Gerry Peyton will continue his role as the Goalkeeper coach. 

The German has coached at Arsenal before in 2011 and was forced to come out of retirement and play in a fixture against Blackpool due to an injury crisis. 


Lehmann first burst onto the scene at Schalke where he saved two penalties in a shoot-out win against Inter Milan that won the UEFA Cup in 1997. 

He would go on to win league titles in Italy with AC Milan and in his native Germany with Borussia Dortmund before joining Arsenal in July 2003. He played every match of his first season, which saw Arsenal win the title without losing a game all season. 

An FA Cup triumph would follow the following season with Lehmann again being the hero in a penalty shoot out. This time the opposition were Manchester United in Cardiff and it was the first ever FA Cup Final to be decided in this manner. 

2005-06 saw Arsenal's final season at Highbury and they marked it with a memorable run to the Champions League Final. However, it would end in defeat to Barcelona, Lehmann being sent off after 18 minutes. 

UEFA Champions League Final: Arsenal v Barcelona


The arrival of Lukasz Fabianski in 2007 spelt the end for Lehmann at Arsenal and he returned to Germany to finish his playing days at Stuttgart. 

Lehmann will be hoping to help Arsenal improve on a disappointing Premier League campaign last time out. They finished 5th meaning there will be no Champions League football in the red part of North London for the first time in 20 years. 

Arsenal's pre-season campaign begins with a trip to Australia and a match against Sydney FC next Thursday. 

They face Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on 6th August before kicking off their Premier League campaign against Leicester the following week. 

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