Wenger fears Lehmann exit

07 January 2008 01:24
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would like veteran goalkeeper Jens Lehmann to stay at the club, but is still uncertain whether the German will opt to rejoin Borussia Dortmund. The 38-year-old has had to play second fiddle to Manuel Almunia for most of this season, but was handed a rare start against Burnley in the FA Cup third round at the weekend. Afterwards, Wenger said: "Jens gave a faultless performance. I wish that he stays, but we will learn whether or not he wants to in the days to come. "He showed what a great professional he is. It is sad if he wants to go, but the decision is in his court." Meanwhile, Clarets boss Owen Coyle paid tribute to Wenger for his kind words at the end of the Gunners' 2-0 victory at Turf Moor. He said: "He came up at the end of the game and said he felt they got a little bit lucky and that we passed and moved very well, which was a big compliment. "I think that's the measure of the man, to have someone of that ilk complimenting you on the way your team played is fantastic and we have to take that and try to develop it."

Source: ESA