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 “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."

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30 Mar 2011