Lehmann not giving up hope
Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has insisted that he will continue to fight for a place in the side.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 27/01/08 12:48pm
Jens Lehmann has insisted that he will not leave Arsenal during the transfer window and will continue to fight for a place in the side.
Lehmann was handed a rare start in the 3-0 FA Cup fourth round win against Newcastle and is determined to feature on a more regular basis.
The German international is paying the price for a couple of high-profile errors earlier in the season and has seen Manuel Almunia make the No. 1 shirt his own over the past few months.
Despite the time spent on the bench and opportunities to return to his homeland, Lehmann has revealed that he is not prepared to give up and will remain with the Gunners until his contract expires in the summer.
""If I still see a chance to get in the team, why should I give up?" Lehmann told Arsenal's official matchday programme for the Newcastle game.
"The pressure comes into play from this point of the season and I know that experience can be very valuable, we all have a role to play.
"First of all, I like it here, I like the club, I like the fans, I like the team and the way we are playing football.
"I think that I still have a chance to win things here. I would not have had this chance somewhere else.
"Then it is true that I had to consider my family situation, my boys like going to school here and they have a lot of activities ahead of them before the end of the academic year.
"Then there is the fact that I am a competitor.
"Those are the reasons why I decided to stay."
Wants to win things
He added: "I have always liked playing here and it is not something I could just give away through not playing a few games, things can change very quickly in football.
"I believe in this team's ability to win things and I believe in my ability to be part of that, so I can't give it up quickly."
Lehmann also confirmed that he is yet to make a decision as to whether he will announce his retirement from international football after Euro 2008 or decide to continue on until the World Cup in 2010.
"I have always said that in the summer I will be free in my mind to make decisions, whether to stop or whether to go on for another two years," he reflected.
"I have not made up my mind yet and I will leave it until after Euro 2008."