Lehmann returns to Arsenal
LONDON - Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has come out of retirement to solve a goalkeeping crisis at his former club Arsenal, joining on loan until the end of the season.
Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that the 41-year-old, who left the club in 2008, had returned as cover after injuries to Lukasz Fabianski (shoulder) and Wojciech Szczesny (finger) left Manuel Almunia as the only senior goalkeeper available.
"He has signed for us for the rest of the season," Wenger told a news conference on Thursday.
"I'm happy because when Jens is in training he is as motivated as ever. If he has to play, if I choose to play him, his huge motivational level will be vitally important."
Former Germany international Lehmann spent five years in north London and was ever-present when Arsenal won the Premier League in 2003-04 without losing a match.
He announced his retirement last year after a spell with Stuttgart but has been training with the Gunners this month.
It means that Lehmann has the chance of becoming the third-oldest player in the history of the Premier League.
Only John Burridge, 43 when he played for Manchester City against QPR in 1995, and Coventry's Steve Ogrizivic, 42 when he retired after playing his final game against Sheffield Wednesday five years later, were older