Jens Lehmann has taken to social media to thank the Arsenal fans after it was announced that he’ll be leaving the club’s coaching staff after just one year.
After two stints as a Gunner during his playing career, the former Germany international joined Arsene Wenger’s set-up last summer as an assistant coach; a position that saw him play an active role in training sessions but a more passive one on matchdays.
A former Invincible, it was hoped that some of Lehmann’s trademarked grit and determination would rub off on the first team. Rob Holding seemed impressed, but it hasn’t worked out and with Unai Emery’s arrival signalling a huge purge of personnel at London Colney, the 48-year-old is a notable victim.
He’s clearly irked by the situation. Far from a prolific presence on Twitter, he took straight to the social media platform after the club confirmed his exit.
He wrote: “Dear
#Arsenal Fans, I am sorry to leave the club after only one year again. It was a good experience working with the players as one of the assistant-coaches. But the attitude from our 2004-group is not needed there anymore.”
Dear #Arsenal Fans , I am sorry to leave the club after only one year again. It was a good experience working with the players as one of the assistant-coaches. But the attitude from our 2004-group is not needed there anymore.
— Jens Lehmann (@jenslehmann) June 19, 2018
Given that Freddie Ljungberg, a fellow Invincible, has just been hired to look after the under-23s, it appears the ‘attitude of the 2004 group’ is still wanted by the club. Perhaps after a year of working with him, Ivan Gazidis, in consultation with Unai Emery, decided that Jens isn’t the right fit for the club’s new direction.
We may never know the real reasons for his departure. It’s a shame though, we were very excited when Jens re-joined the club. We wish him all the best for the future, he’s an intelligent guy who’ll no doubt end up managing somewhere soon.
Full details of Arsenal’s new coaching staff and other notable exits can be found here.