Lehmann Shades Unai Emery After Arsenal Exit

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has aimed a jibe at head coach Unai following his decision not to retain the German as a member of the backroom staff.

Lehmann joined the Gunners at the start of last season but the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign at the club has led to his exit after his exclusion from Unai Emery’s new look backroom staff.

Addressing his Arsenal exit via his official Twitter handle, he wrote: “Dear Arsenal Fans, I am sorry to leave the club after only one year again.

“It was a good experience working with the players as one of the assistant-coaches.

“But the attitude from our 2004-group is not needed there anymore.”

Another former player, Steve Bould, was retained as one of two assistant head coaches alongside Unai Emery’s long-time assistant, Juan Carlos Carcedo.

Bould was named assistant to Wenger in May 2012 as a replacement for Pat Rice.

Director of high performance Darren Burgess and goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo, both retain their positions.

The duo were appointed in July 2017 and will join other backroom members first-team coach Pablo Villanueva, strength and conditioning coach Julen Masach, goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia and data/video analyst Victor Manas for the new season.

On the new backroom staff composition, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has a very strong and talented team and I’m delighted that they are joining us.

“I’m also pleased that Steve Bould, Sal Bibbo and Darren Burgess will continue their work with us.

“As we go through this period of change, we need to retain some continuity and they have an important role to play.”