Just days after publicly criticising fellow teammate and current first choice goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has suffered an injury that is likely to keep him from challenging for a place in the team for Arsenal’s important weekend clash against Tottenham.
According to German national team manager Joachim Low, Lehmann sustained an elbow injury that will definitely see him miss his country’s game against Romania and should rule him out of Arsenal’s weekend Premier League fixture. Low revealed that Lehmann had been having trouble before Germany’s 2-0 victory over Wales and aggravated the injury by playing the match.
“Jens had a problem before the game, and even more so afterwards so he can rest for the next two or three days.”
This is the second niggling injury that Lehmann has picked up this season and you have to start wondering if age is starting to catch up with him. Although he remains adament that he is still the club’s first-choice goalkeeper when fit, these niggling injuries and Almunia’s good form suggests this is now not the case. While I’m sure we haven’t heard the last from Lehmann of the pitch, I have a sinking feeling that we may not see much more of him in an Arsenal shirt this season.
Hoyte happy to compete
Lehmann could actually learn a little bit about how to behave on and off the pitch from Justin Hoyte. At the end of last season, Hoyte was undoubtedly Arsenal’s second-choice right back after Emmanuel Eboue, but the new signings of Bacary Sagna and Lassana Diarra as well as Mathieu Flamini’s decision to stay has seen him fall way down the pecking order. Despite this, the young Englishman has stated that he wants to stay at Arsenal for the rest of his career and is not unhappy fighting for a position in the team.
“That’s how football is. It just makes me more determined to work hard and get my place in the side. Competition is good for us and good for the team. I am going to fight and work hard. I want to be at Arsenal all my life.”
You have to admire Hoyte for those mature words. As I mentioned earlier, Lehmann could learn a thing or two. However despite his honorable outlook, I’m just not sure whether Hoyte will ever break into the first team. Despite some solid performances last season I always got the impression that Hoyte was a little clumsy on the ball and scared to get forward. But what should be remembered is that all great sides must have squad players who can come in and do a job and that if that is a role that Hoyte is happy to play then it is only a benefit for the club.
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