Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann set to return?

LONDON ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Jens Lehmann meets and speaks to children during a visit of the Emirates Stadium on a London City Tour as part of the Germany 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup delegation welcome tour on January 27 2011 in London England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Emergency goalkeepers are, as one might imagine, kind of hard to come by, at least in the ranks of active players.  But retired players?  Maybe a bit easier.  Arsenal are in slightly dire straits with their goalkeeping situation right now, not that Manuel Almunia has been bad, but that the team is essentially looking at 19-year old, James Shea, as his replacement should anything happen.

Therefore, nothing should be particularly surprising.  More after the jump:

 

Jens Lehmann is in talks with Arsenal over a possible return. Story to follow ...less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

 

Now, Jens Lehmann is 41 years old.  He hasn't played since 2010 (for Stuttgart, not exactly slouches), so he'll probably be a bit rusty, should he decide to join the club.

Should this move go through, it'll be just like 2006 all over again!  Thoughts?

UPDATE: the Guardian now reckons that Lehmann is "expected to sign a short-term contract" this week:

The 41-year-old was already due to spend six weeks at the club's London Colney training complex on a coaching course, but will now prolong his playing career and provide cover for the Spaniard if he can prove his fitness...

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