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Lehmann slams Arsenal’s structure

Jens Lehmann has voiced concern at the structure of ex-club Arsenal and said Mikel Arteta is ‘a good coach but it seems to be a lot about him.

Keeper Lehmann spent five years with the Gunners before leaving for Stuttgart in 2008.

He later returned as an assistant coach for his former manager Arsene Wenger, spending the 2017–18 season back at Arsenal.

Lehmann still keeps tabs on the club and fears they are no better off than when club legend Wenger left in 2018.

He told All To Play For podcast, by bookmaker Coral and Joe Media: “I think Mikel Arteta is a good coach but it seems to be a lot about him.

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“I am not sure there is the right blend at the club.

“When I was there, David Dein worked incredibly well with Arsene Wenger on the administration side of the club. Now, it is very different.

“You don’t even know who is in charge there and who is making the decisions.

“I was there as a coach in Arsene’s final year and he was criticised and told it was time to leave.

“Things were much better in that final year than they are now.

“As a former player, I want the club to do well so it is hard to see them struggling as they are doing.”

Lehmann, now 51, was part of Arsenal’s iconic 2003-04 unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ side that lifted the Premier League.

The German also won the FA Cup the following season.

Arteta joined Arsenal as a player in 2011 and spent five seasons at the Emirates before retiring.

He took over as boss in December 2019 and Arsenal currently sit tenth in the table.

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