Jens Lehmann says he’s confident that Arsenal can win something this season, and while praising the performances of his fellow Germans says they can do more to help the team’s push for success.
Lehmann, who is currently doing some work at the club as he works towards his coaching badges, believes that the club’s approach and focus on the ‘little details’ might just make the difference this season.
“I’m quite optimistic about the current season and hope of course that Arsenal will win something,” he said in the Mirror. “All right, there are some teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Man City, Chelsea, who come into the game with big money in the bag, and only one of them can win the trophy.
“That shows you that you have to be better at little details in knowledge, wisdom and approach of your team and of your set-up.
“Arsenal always had a great approach, they always made it into the top four with probably the smallest budget of all the big teams now, and so why should it not happen this year that all of a sudden, when nobody expects them to win something, all of a sudden they go on to win something.”
The performance of Arsenal’s two German internationals, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski have caught the eye. The former has been a rock at the heart of Arsenal’s newly improved defence, while the new boy has found instant favour by scoring three times already this season.
Lehmann is glad to see it but says both players should push themselves to deliver more.
“Now with Podolski and Mertesacker they have two German players who are very experienced because of their caps in the national team of Germany, I think they’re near 100, both of them are near 100 and still at a young age.
“They are expecting of course to see them performing three times a week on a high level, so far my impression is that everybody’s quite happy with them, but everybody knows that they still have to improve, to adapt to the English football and to adapt to the pace of the game there.
“Lukas and Per are both mentally strong and they have definitely got the potential to perform and to improve their game.”
Let’s hope we seem them both become a better Per. Pair. Sorry.