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'Wenger was stood at the door, shouting at me!'

Jens Lehmann

Winning the league at White Hart Lane in 2004 is widely regarded as one of the best days in our history - but not for Jens Lehmann.

Speaking exclusively to our 'In Lockdown' podcast, our former goalkeeper explained how an argument with Arsene Wenger and Sol Campbell soured what should have been the perfect day.
 
"My personal memory is that we got the penalty against us," Lehmann said. "It was a dive and Arsene was standing at the door of the dressing room and he was shouting at me. 

 
"Normally, if you know Arsene, he only occasionally shouts, but this time he shouted at me saying, 'Jens I told you so many times, leave it! We've conceded a penalty because of you.' I was very angry and then Sol Campbell came in and he wasn't even looking at me, he was furious. He blamed me as well.
 
"Two hours later, after we knew we were champions, we arrived at Colney and the boss said to me, 'Jens, I looked it up again on TV and I have to apologise, it wasn't a penalty', but the joy of being champions at White Hart Lane wasn't that much for me in the hours after the game. 
 
"I didn't know [we were champions]. I didn't even know when I came to the dressing room. I left the pitch immediately because I was angry. Then after five or 10 minutes, Johnno (Paul Johnson) came in and said, 'Guys what’s up with you? We’re champions!' I said, 'Oh are we? Okay, let's go out'. We weren't in the mood to celebrate [initially].”

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David O'Leary is in the hotseat for our latest In Lockdown podcast.

Our record appearance-maker discusses his 20 years spell at the club and goes into detail on:

  • Some of the best players he played with
  • The hunger that led to to make more than 700 appearances
  • His emotions when he realised it was all over
  • And much, much more!

For this second season of 'In Lockdown', a new episode will drop every Tuesday, featuring exclusive interviews with a host of former players.

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