Jens Lehmann thinks Arsenal have got their work cut out if they’re to progress past German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Writing in his column for Sport Bild magazine, the eccentric 43-year-old outlined the challenge awaiting the Gunners on Tuesday as they prepare to take on a side rested after a couple of weeks off over the Christmas period and already leading the Bundesliga by 15 points.
“For an English team it is the worst draw to play a German team directly after the winter break.
“In addition to that Bayern has not been really challenged for once yet in the second half of their season. The only stress they have is the one at the training sessions.”
Eager not to be too downbeat though, the stalwart keeper of the ‘Invincibles’, who has recently spent time working towards his coaching badges at London Colney, did also admit that the Bavarians won’t get an easy ride against Arsene Wenger’s side.
“(Bayern coach) Jupp Heynckes will warn his players of the speed that Arsenal still can play in the offensive game, especially Theo Walcott but also more and more Lukas Podolski can be very dangerous.
“Vice-versa, Arsenal will look to stop Bayern creating their good positioning game from which they can accelerate.”
In other news Arseblog News is pleased to hear Peter Hill-Wood is on the mend. The 76-year-old suffered a heart attack before Christmas but is already eyeing a return to the Directors’ Box for the game against Aston Villa on the 23 February.
“I am really much better,” he told the Daily Star.
“I am almost fit. I am walking about and although I have a few after effects, it is nothing serious. I’m looking to go to the Aston Villa match in a couple of weeks.”
Given Arsenal’s injury record, that’s an impressive recovery from our cigar-loving chairman.