Jens Lehmann: Top three moments
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 09: Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premiership match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on April 9, 2006 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Often known for his many antics on the pitch Jens Lehmann is still considered, arguably one of Arsenal's best goalkeepers.

In his five years at the club, he experienced everything and enjoyed some real stand out moments, which have been cemented in the clubs history.

  • Invincible 

The Arsenal team of 2003-2004 was made up of some immense quality which together combined to make the team capable of pulling of the impossible of going a season unbeaten, something which of course to this day has yet to be done. 

From the goal scoring of Theirry Henry, to the creativity of Dennis Bergkamp and even the leadership of Martin Keown.

But all of this would have been nothing without the capable hands of Lehmann.

In what was only his first season for The Gunners, Lehmann had the big task of replacing the legendary David Seaman, but he stood up to this task and turned out to be a vital part of a historic team.

While playing every single match of that season, Lehmann managed 15 clean sheets, conceding just 26 goals and pulling off some vital saves in the process.

When this free flowing Arsenal side needed saving, Lehmann was there to provide the security and so guide the club to a historic Premier League title and a first medal in England for the German International.

  • FA Cup Final Penalty Shootout

The next season didn't turn out so well for The Gunners in the league and although they finished runners up, they had lost their crown by 12 points, to Chelsea.

Having being knocked out of Champions League in the Round of 16 and the League Cup in the Quarter Finals, all hope on success rested on the FA Cup.

In Arsenal's way was their long time rivals, Manchester United.

The final itself wasn't the most entertaining game of football and in fact ended 0-0 after extra-time.

A perfect start from both sides was halted in its tracks when Paul Scholes stepped up to take his penalty, firing to the left with a powerful effort, which Lehmann denied with a wonderful save.

Though both sides went on to score the rest of their penalties, it was that save which would defy the match up and ultimately swing the cup in the direction of Arsene Wenger's side.

For a second season in a row Lehmann had played his part in bringing silverware to the red half of north London and adding another to his own personal tally.

  • The Historic Penalty Save

To this day, the 2005-2006 season offered Arsenal the best chance at winning the one trophy which has evaded the club, that being the Champions League.

Though most people will remember Lehmann's unfortunate sending off in the final, many will forget The Gunners would never have been there if it wasn't for him.

Arsenal had been drawn to play Villarreal and took a slender 1-0 lead from Highbury, into the 2nd leg  at the El Madrigal.

The Gunners, despite The Yellow Submarine's constant pressure, were able to hold.

That was until late on in the game, Gael Clichy fouled Jose Mari, giving the hosts a lifeline to possibly take the game to extra-time, from the spot.

Juan Roman Riquelme stepped up to take it, but was denied through a flying save from Lehmann.

When the final whistle blew, Lehmann was mobbed by his team mates, as he had sent Arsenal to their first ever and to this day only Champions League Final in their history.

Despite what followed in the final, the campaign will always be remembered and Lehmann can take pride in playing a major role in it happening.

Lehmann will be remembered by football fans for his maverick character, but for Arsenal fans he will simply be known as one of the greats in the clubs proud history.

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