Jens Lehmann has struck out at Manuel Almunia and his manager Arsene Wenger in the wake of their Champions League exit.
The 38-year-old German, has hit out at Arsene Wenger for being left on the bench and at Manuel Almunia, in an interview with Germany’s Kicker magazine.
‘I stayed here to win the Champions League and I saw good chances to play, but I have not had these and that makes me very angry.
On Arsenal’s defeat:
“I have had such thoughts (about being able to prevent defeats) ever since the coach took me out of the team following the 0-0 against Milan. I told (Wenger) he needed experienced players in his team for such important games. He did not share my view and I do not think he has been successful, the results speak against his choices.””
On Almunia’s selection ahead of his own:
“To be sitting on the bench behind somebody who only started to play when he was 30 is not funny.”
Lehmann is of the opinion that Wenger has not been straight with him:
“If the coach had spoken to me before the start of the season then I would have been able to decide if I wanted to sit on the bench. He has a different opinion and I don’t really believe he can be happy with it.”
Lehmann feels that if he plays at the Euro’s Wenger will still not appreciate him:
“If he has not seen it yet then he won’t see it at the European Championships either if I perform well.”