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Jens Lehmann is not convinced by the claim that England once produced the best goalkeepers in the world. "Every country thinks that," he says. "The Germans think that, the Spanish think that and the Italians are also very proud of their keepers."But Lehmann appreciates the concern generated by the fact that only six of the 20 Barclays Premier League clubs were willing to put their faith in an English No 1 last season and, what's more, he has a theory. "Sometimes goalkeepers over here are not going to school long enough," he explains."When you are a goalkeeper you must hold your concentration level very high throughout 90 minutes, sometimes 120, sometimes 150. The best way to learn that is at school with academic focus on tasks. When you leave school at 16 you don't have it, you lose it."That's probably why the foreign goalkeepers are coming over. I know some of them and they are bright people, like Petr Cech and Edwin van der Sar."Lehmann, 38, is leaving Arsenal after five years. He has been working at the club's training ground this week, staying sharp before reporting to Germany's training camp in Spain on Monday for Euro 2008. England, of course, will not be there."You have good goalkeepers, like David James, and Joe Hart is quite promising," admits Lehmann, who says English keepers have been slow to adjust to their role in the modern game. "I talk to our physio Gary Lewin, who was a goalkeeper at Arsenal, and he says he was brought up never to come off his line because that's not your area. That's the first massive mistake you can make."When I first came here, I came off my line for crosses and long balls. I was clearing them sometimes 40 yards in front of the goal. I helped my defenders and the whole team because it means they can play higher up the pitch."The bottom line is that most people don't really understand what a good goalkeeper is — even coaches. Everybody thinks, 'Wow this guy is making great saves', but as a goalkeeper you think, 'This guy is really good but this guy, well, you never need to fear competition from him'."Lehmann knows the secret, he insists, but declines to share it. He is keeping it to himself while he considers a career in coaching, although he has no desire to be a specialist goalkeeping coach."After playing for 20 years, it would ruin my body. It's the kicking, kicking, kicking. As a normal coach it's mental pressure, mental demands."His interest in coaching has developed during a season when he has watched football from a different angle.Ousted from the Arsenal team by Manuel Almunia in August, his appearances have been restricted. But from the bench he has watched his teammates and studied Arsene Wenger, a manager he considers to be among the "greats"."I've learned a lot on the sidelines — about the boss making his decisions, how you feel as a sub and the mentality of players who come on and make a difference," says Lehmann.Having seen him build a reputation as an awkward man to manage, it's easy to smile at the prospect of Lehmann the manager, but he rejects any suggestion that he is too selfabsorbed to nurture others."As a goalkeeper you can't be selfish. You are the guy who has to throw his body against the ball because somebody else made a mistake 30 yards in front of you."When Lehmann arrived from Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal went through his first season unbeaten. They won the FA Cup and he helped the Gunners to the Champions League Final with a penalty save in the last seconds of the semi-final."Football is about entertainment. If you don't entertain, people don't want to see you. But the most important thing is to entertain by winning."It is off the pitch where Lehmann's behaviour has been questioned. He feuded with Almunia and criticised him publicly, prompting the Spaniard to say: "I know he hates me."Wenger says that Lehmann is "not always easy" to work with but everyone at Arsenal acknowledges the German's talent, dedication and professionalism.He remains a popular figure and will be missed there. Lehmann says: "During the years there have been some things where I didn't agree with his (Wenger's) opinion. That's why I'm not easy, because I questioned him about some decisions."When he left me out for example. When you make a decision you do not want to hear the player and you don't want him talking in the press. But sometimes it doesn't work like that. I just can't sit there for a whole year. The German press is on me, the English press is on me."

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lol always a good read when Lehmann is involved."As a goalkeeper you can't be selfish. You are the guy who has to throw his body against the ball because somebody else made a mistake 30 yards in front of you."Big boy quote.

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lol always a good read when Lehmann is involved."As a goalkeeper you can't be selfish. You are the guy who has to throw his body against the ball because somebody else made a mistake 30 yards in front of you."Big boy quote.
Sending for Wally/Eboue.

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lol always a good read when Lehmann is involved."As a goalkeeper you can't be selfish. You are the guy who has to throw his body against the ball because somebody else made a mistake 30 yards in front of you."Big boy quote.
He is a sick guy.

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lol always a good read when Lehmann is involved."As a goalkeeper you can't be selfish. You are the guy who has to throw his body against the ball because somebody else made a mistake 30 yards in front of you."Big boy quote.
He is a sick guy.
lmfaohahhsahd

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AFC Legend IMOHes right about how the mentality is aswell.As Arsenal and most attacking teams play a high back 4 a good GK has to be able to sweep in if a through ball manages its way in.That why I've said throughout the season that some of our conceded goals are actually a result of Almunia not coming for the ball, he makes it harder for the defence and himself by not doing that.

"When I first came here, I came off my line for crosses and long balls. I was clearing them sometimes 40 yards in front of the goal. I helped my defenders and the whole team because it means they can play higher up the pitch."The bottom line is that most people don't really understand what a good goalkeeper is — even coaches. Everybody thinks, 'Wow this guy is making great saves', but as a goalkeeper you think, 'This guy is really good but this guy, well, you never need to fear competition from him'."

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Ignore Rsonist. Fully blink.He had the cheek to tell me Adebayor's goal against them, aint the best goal past them this season.Like say Ade's goal aint top 3 selected of the season.

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Lampard slams LehmannBy Chris StantonFrank Lampard has criticised Jens Lehmann for a lack of respect after recent comments from the Arsenal goalkeeper.Lehmann claimed Lampard was 'a specialist in insulting people' in the fallout to Sunday's draw at Stamford Bridge.The Chelsea midfielder has been quick to pour scorn on the remark and believes the German international should look closer to home for character flaws.Lampard revealed he does not hold Lehmann in high esteem following a snub at a London restaurant recently."We had words but Lehmann shows no respect to any one on the pitch - and I don't mean that just from my own perspective," Lampard told the Sun."He has a way of looking down his nose at people. I certainly didn't say anything that I feel warrants an explanation."For me, it's all in the heat of battle and nonsense to start talking to the media about it afterwards."But the other week myself and my cousin Jamie Redknapp were out to dinner in a London restaurant and Lehmann was sitting just feet from us on another table."We acknowledged him and he completely blanked both of us. In fact, when he left, he walked right past our table and didn't even have the decency to say anything whether nice or rude!"Perhaps Lehmann's more sensitive than the rest of us."
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Lampard slams LehmannBy Chris StantonFrank Lampard has criticised Jens Lehmann for a lack of respect after recent comments from the Arsenal goalkeeper.Lehmann claimed Lampard was 'a specialist in insulting people' in the fallout to Sunday's draw at Stamford Bridge.The Chelsea midfielder has been quick to pour scorn on the remark and believes the German international should look closer to home for character flaws.Lampard revealed he does not hold Lehmann in high esteem following a snub at a London restaurant recently."We had words but Lehmann shows no respect to any one on the pitch - and I don't mean that just from my own perspective," Lampard told the Sun."He has a way of looking down his nose at people. I certainly didn't say anything that I feel warrants an explanation."For me, it's all in the heat of battle and nonsense to start talking to the media about it afterwards."But the other week myself and my cousin Jamie Redknapp were out to dinner in a London restaurant and Lehmann was sitting just feet from us on another table."We acknowledged him and he completely blanked both of us. In fact, when he left, he walked right past our table and didn't even have the decency to say anything whether nice or rude!"Perhaps Lehmann's more sensitive than the rest of us."
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lmfaoI never heard about this.

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I thought EVERYBODY knew about Lehmann blanking Frank.Lehmann has a sick catalogue.Bait YOUR 100% WITH ME or AGAINST ME guy.

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Ignore Rsonist. Fully blink.He had the cheek to tell me Adebayor's goal against them, aint the best goal past them this season.Like say Ade's goal aint top 3 selected of the season.
Fully dumb is you then.What has Samson got to do with this Kraut?!SMH

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