Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has advised Borussia Dortmund’s Roman Weidenfeller that he should move away from the German club.
Lehmann was part of the invincible Arsenal team of 2003/04 and went on to make 200 appearances for the Gunners before leaving for VfB Stuttgart in 2008. He also played 61 times for Germany at international level and believes Weidenfeller needs a new challenge.
“Roman Weidenfeller is now actually at the best age for a goalkeeper, but I would advise him that he needs to change,” said Lehmann while talking before Germany’s friendly against Australia on Wednesday.
Wojciech Szczesny‘s Arsenal future is still in doubt after he was dropped following a 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day and has since been replaced as first-choice goalkeeper by David Ospina, who will need competition should Szczesny depart at the end of this campaign.
Rumours are swelling over where Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea will be playing his football next season after impressive performances have sparked interest from Real Madrid.
Another ‘keeper who has had a great season is Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, and he could be on the move if Spurs don’t qualify for the Champions League, opening up a void that they will need to fill, with Weidenfeller an ideal replacement.
Weidenfeller joined Dortmund in 2002 and became a first-team regular in 2003 after Lehmann was signed by the Gunners and the ex-Arsenal man also believes that Weidenfeller’s international career is coming to an end if he doesn’t move on, despite it only starting in November 2013.
“In the national team, the young goalkeepers will move up. In particular, Bernd Leno has recently shown very good performances. But Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Timo Horn are also safe candidates.”
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