Former Arsenal Goalkeeper Lehmann Comes out of Retirement to Rejoin Club

Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has come out of retirement to rejoin Arsenal until the end of the season, the Premier League club said on its website.

Lehmann, 41, signed a monthly rolling contract to serve as back up to Manuel Almunia following injuries to Lukasz Fabianski, Wojciech Szczesny and Vito Mannone.

“Lehmann is a great short-term signing for us and will be a valuable asset during a crucial time of the season,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “Jens has kept himself very fit during this season and will provide quality backup to Manuel Almunia.”

Lehmann made 199 appearances for Arsenal from 2003-08. He played every game in the Gunners’ unbeaten run to the Premier League title in 2003-04 and also helped the club to the F.A. Cup title in 2006.

“I’m very excited to be rejoining Arsenal,” Lehmann said. “I have many great memories from my previous time at the club and Arsenal has always had a place in my heart.”

Lehmann returned to Germany in 2008 and spent two years at Stuttgart before announcing his retirement after last season.

He’ll be available for Arsenal’s game at West Bromwich in two days, the club said. Arsenal is second in the Premier League, three points behind Manchester United.

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