Not for the first time this season, Jens Lehmann is Arsenal's hero.

A memorable campaign for the Germany keeper scaled new heights on Tuesday night when he saved Juan Roman Riqulme's penalty to book Arsenal's place in the Champions League Final. Lehmann felt justice was done at El Madrigal.

"When they got the penalty, it looked like Villarreal were dead already because in the last 20 minutes they couldn't keep up with their game," he said. "The penalty was a gift and it shows you can never be sure in football.

"I don't think it was a deserved penalty. You should ask Riquelme if I psyched him out, but I think he took quite a long breather before the penalty, maybe too long.

"I thought to myself, if Riquelme is going to take it I will probably go to my left. Thierry Henry came up to me and gave me a tip - but I didn't follow it!

"I didn't even think about the crowd. I'm not 21 anymore, there are some advantages when you are a little bit more mature."

For Lehmann, that save was yet another highlight in a season which has seen him earn the Germany No 1 spot at this summer's World Cup after a string of superb performances for his club. Typically, he is not getting carried away.

"Getting to a Final is one of the nicer moments, but it is not a great moment because we are looking forward to playing the Final and we want to win it.

"We hope this is our year but you can never be sure. Now we have to concentrate on the next league games, then fortunately we have a 10-day break before the Final.

"I can't compare to David [Seaman] because he's an England legend, but I am here and I will try to do my best. I came here to win trophies and I will try to achieve that. I like to make people happy and I like to make myself happy."

Judging by the reaction in the away section after Lehmann's penalty save in Spain, he is making plenty of people happy at the moment.

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26 Apr 2006