By Giuseppe Muro
Jens Lehmann says he felt “fresh” during his first game since coming out of retirement.
The German goalkeeper, who has re-joined Arsenal on a short-term deal, got an invaluable 90 minutes under his belt and appeared to have a spring in his step despite seeing the Reserves go down 2-1 in Wigan on Tuesday afternoon.
Impeccable handling, good positioning and a typically commanding presence read the 41-year-old’s report while, apart from the natural post-match aches and pains, Lehmann admits his body responded positively to its first game in ten months.
“It was very beneficial for me to play a game,” he told Arsenal.com. “Physically I felt well because I’ve trained hard during the last few weeks.
“I was OK before [I joined] but it’s different when you train with the team for three hours. I felt that quite a lot last weekend. But now I have recovered a little bit and I felt quite fresh today.
“It was good, I was looking forward to it. Unfortunately, we lost so I’m not really happy. It is always good to learn a little bit what I could have done better.
“There are some situations that you can’t play in a training game because in a real game there is a referee, linesmen and everything has to fit together to create situations like the game itself.
"It was a good experience."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 30 Mar 2011