By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes that only Arsenal could have lured Jens Lehmann out of retirement.

The 41-year-old keeper completed a surprise return to Emirates Stadium on Thursday after a spate of injuries meant the title-chasers needed cover.

Of course, the German will always be an ‘Invincible’ after helping his side to the title in the unbeaten season of 2004. And, it was that winning mentality and Lehmann’s unwavering passion for the Club which brought the deal together.

“We have Wojciech Szczesny out for six weeks, we have Vito Mannone out for six weeks and we have Lukasz Fabianski out for the rest of the season,” said Wenger.

“That means we have no cover with any experience at all in the Premier League so I wanted to get Jens back and to give us some.

“When you are in March and you are looking for an available goalkeeper who can help you do not have much choice, of course. But we kept in touch through our goalkeeper coach and Jens was still an Arsenal supporter. He accepted to do it and certainly it is the only place where he would do that.

“I am happy about it because when Jens is in training he is as motivated as ever. You know him, I know him and he will help the team if he has to play or just on a daily basis.

“His huge motivational level and experience will be vitally important.”

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17 Mar 2011