Keown: Arsenal players in for rough ride from new first-team coach
By Abigail Withey
Arsenal legend and former defender Martin Keown has spoken out about new first-team coach Jens Lehmann and has revealed that he is the most intense person in football.
The 47-year-old former goalkeeper had two spells with the Gunners and made a total of 200 appearances where the German kept 80 clean sheets.
Keown played alongside Lehmann in the 2003/04 season when Arsene Wenger’s side last won the Premier League title.
The ex-defender believes that Lehmann will put the first-team through their paces because of his intensity.
He said: “Jens is probably the only person I’ve met in football who is more intense than me.”
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“There’s a steeliness about him, a determination and a real professionalism,” Keown was quoted in the Evening Standard. “He’s a winner. When he first arrived he picked up the mentality of the dressing room so quickly, the way we did things at Arsenal.”
The Arsenal favourite was unsurprised at Lehmann’s appointment as a new member of the coaching staff because of the similarities between the former keeper and Wenger.
“It doesn’t surprise me that Arsene has reached out to him, they’re not dissimilar in terms of outlook and Wenger may have seen something of himself in Jens,” he told the Press Association at the FA Community Awards.
Lehmann’s coaching appears positive already after Arsenal’s 4-1 win on penalties against Chelsea in the Community Shield match.
Now the Gunners will look forward to their Premier League opener when they host Leicester City at the Emirates on Friday.
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