By Avenell Dave
This is the guy, after all, who went his debut season unbeaten and then helped to get us to the Champions League.
It says much about how Wenger treats his players that Lehmann bears no ill will towards his former manager.
"Arsene Wenger is a coach who does not only inspire you on the pitch but as well off the pitch, because when you talk to him you are always finding it very exciting and you are always getting some great information about some other things in life," said Lehmann.
"I think that makes a great coach as well. And he made Arsenal, he bought and sold so many players with a fantastic financial track record, that actually the new stadium and everything he has built comes down to him and to his performance.
"So I quite enjoyed working for him, whereas at times it was psychologically very, very demanding, and I still had to recover from that even years after.
"He just took me out after my second defeat on English soil, and that, for a guy who came there with his family and brought his whole life over to England, and being faced with the possibility to move somewhere again with the children, it was quite challenging.
"I was arguing with him quite often, particularly when he took me out of goal, but then after 20 minutes of arguments we would talk for another half an hour on private things, very smooth and relaxed, so there was always a professional relationship and a private one, and the private one is still very good right now, and quite fortunately because I’m doing my coaching licence at Arsenal, and so I’m looking over his shoulder and they let me train the reserves sometimes and the Under 18s, which is a big gesture, and I really appreciate that."
Lehmann is the patron of a Laureus football project in Germany, one of their most recently-appointed ambassadors to use sport to help young people and he is proud of his contribution. He concluded: "Everybody knows when you donate something to Laureus it’s given for something good, and that’s what actually makes the reputation and when you see the amount of ambassadors and where they are all coming from, from all kinds of sports, and former world class athletes, you see how great, how fantastic a foundation Laureus is."
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