January 14 News January 16th at 0:30, Tottenham
And Arsenal will play a north London derby.
Former Arsenal players Lehmann and Keown had a conversation, recalling their past at Arsenal.
Keown: You came to Arsenal in 2003/04, my last season with the team.
You were at the team’s preseason training base in Austria.
Lehmann: Yes, I am one of the few people who is happy to join Arsenal because of my family.
When I came, I heard: “You’re here to fill a void and then Stuart Taylor will be England’s international.”
Keown: Who told you that?
Lyman: The media!
My goalkeeping coach was also new at the time.
Keown: It’s a huge challenge for Arsenal, the goalkeeper and the goalkeeping coach are new, Seaman and Wilson (the previous goalkeeping coach) have both had a lot of success.
Lehman: Seaman is a legend, my style is different from his, and Wilson said in the interview that I am not a real goalkeeper, saying that I sweep thirty or forty yards in front of the goal.
I didn’t know who he was at first.
After I knew who he was, I communicated with him, and then he spoke well of me in front of the media.
Keown: What was your first impression of your new Arsenal teammates?
Lehmann: Bergkamp kicked me from 5 yards and I realized how good the player is.
Keown: Sometimes we stop to applaud Bergkamp during training.
Lehmann: In the previous game against Portsmouth, I tackled Sheringham cleanly and got the ball. At that time, I didn’t know the relationship between Arsenal and Manchester United and Tottenham.
The fans behind me went crazy after the save.
Keown: The league game after the Portsmouth game is the final game at Old Trafford.
Lehmann: The vibe was amazing, it was tense.
I think many referees are Manchester United fans!
That one against Manchester United was not a penalty, so Van Nistelrooy didn’t score.
Keown: Agreed, I have been at Arsenal for a long time and have witnessed their growth under Wenger.
If Ruud van Nistelrooy had scored a penalty then I would have been devastated.
This game against Manchester United was the beginning of the end of my Arsenal career. When I was injured, it was not easy to return to the starting lineup because the team was so good.
(On April 25, 2004, Arsenal played against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Arsenal’s victory will ensure the championship. The tie depends on the results of the match between Chelsea and Newcastle. The game was tied 2-2, while Chelsea lost to Newcastle.
Lehmann: For me it was just a normal game, we were leading 2-0, then Ray helped Spurs score and Robbie Keane went down in the penalty area in stoppage time,
It was like a play, the referee called me a foul, and everyone was like, “You really did that?” I didn’t do anything!
Keane’s penalty still went in, which wasn’t good for me.
Keown: I was warming up on the sidelines and the coach wanted me to play, but the coach changed his mind after Keane scored, but I was not worried because we still won the championship with this game.
Lehmann: At that time I didn’t realize that we won the championship. I went straight to the locker room and the coach was there: “How many times have I told you that you shouldn’t do this, why!”
Keown: That’s unusual because it takes two days for him to tell you if he’s unhappy.
Lehmann: Campbell was mad at me too, but Paul Johnson said, “What are you doing? We’re champions!”
(After 49 unbeaten league games, Arsenal lost to Manchester United and Liverpool within a month, and Lehmann became a substitute after losing to Liverpool.)
Keown: At that time, you had already gone through 49 unbeaten games. Why didn’t you start after losing to Liverpool?
Lehmann: Wenger said I was too old and too tired.
The 2006 World Cup was still a year and a half away, Wenger said: “Given your determination to play for the German national team, you can leave the team.” But then I said: “I don’t want to leave the team, you will use me again.”
Keown: I think he was avoiding conflict, he used you in the FA Cup in 2004/05.
Lehmann: When we beat Manchester United on penalties in the FA Cup final, Wenger said in an interview that he hadn’t considered the goalkeeper yet.
I was like, “I gotta get better.”
Keown: What’s your take on Ramsdale?
I quite like him.
Lehmann: I like his character.
He’s an excellent goalkeeper with good technique at his feet.
If there’s anything that could be improved it’s the positioning to defend crosses, but he’s still young and I have my own weaknesses.
Keown: What about Arteta’s performance on the field?
I don’t mind if he argues.
I love the enthusiasm.
Lehmann: This is a coach’s understanding of the game. As a goalkeeper, speaking is what I am best at, and I will also shout on the field.
Keown: What kind of achievements do you think Arsenal can achieve now?
Lehmann: The team is too young. I have never seen such a young goalkeeper paired with two young central defenders to perform such an outstanding performance, and it is a performance that can compete for the championship.
I hope they do.