No guarantees for Lehmann
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger admits he will not guarantee Jens Lehmann the number one jersey.Arsene Wenger admits he will not guarantee Jens Lehmann the number one jersey and concedes he considered bringing Robert Earnshaw to Arsenal.
Lehmann has regained his position as The Gunners' first choice after losing his spot in the side to Manuel Almunia midway through the campaign.
But the German's future at Highbury is still not secured, with Arsenal repeatedly linked with other goalkeepers.
Wenger is tipped to enter the transfer market for a new shot-stopper in the summer and he acknowledged Lehmann is not certain to be number one next season.
"Since he got back in he has played well," said Wenger. "Not playing gave him a break mentally.
"It gives you respect for him when you see how well he worked when he was out. He didn't complain, he just worked harder. He didn't talk about it, he just got on with it.
"All I can say is he has a good chance to be number one next season."
Meanwhile, as Arsenal prepare to travel to West Brom on Monday evening, live on Sky Sports 1, Wenger revealed his admiration for Baggies striker Earnshaw.
The Wales international moved to The Hawthorns from Cardiff City at the start of the season but was also on the shopping list of Wenger.
The French tactician said: "We knew him when he was at Cardiff and you could see he had qualities that you can not give a player.
"We watched him many times. We considered him but Cardiff always wanted a lot of money for him.
"He is very dangerous, is naturally strong and can create chances. When it goes for him he can score goals for fun."
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