Jens Lehmann was all the time going to be a troublesome man for Arsenal to interchange – and so they found that the onerous means over time that adopted.
The veteran goalkeeper was 38 when he returned to Borussia Dortmund in 2008, 4 years on from enjoying his half within the Invincibles season, however even then his persona alone meant he left a giant gap when transferring on.
Arsenal have loved some excessive moments from the 14 goalkeepers named in Premier League matchday squads since then (Deyan Iliev, having solely made cup squads, misses out), however none have had the mix of impression and lasting energy because the German.
However, some have finished noticeably higher (or much less badly) than others…
14. Emiliano Viviano
Why did they signal him? A one-year mortgage from Fiorentina, throughout which era he performed a grand complete of (drumroll…) zero minutes. Not even a League Cup or European run-out.
We hope his weird determination to take the No.2 shirt after transferring to Sampdoria was meant as a barbed remark to Arsene Wenger.
13. Runar Alex Runarsson
At present out on mortgage at Alanyaspor, Runarsson has performed 18 Premier League minutes since signing for Arsenal in 2020. Which is eighteen greater than Viviano. And he didn’t concede in these 18 minutes both.
However in his 4 Europa League appearances and one Carabao cup sport, it was fairly clear he wasn’t as much as the required normal. Riyad Mahrez actually wasn’t very impressed.
🗣 “I used to be shocked concerning the positioning of the keeper, he was so near the publish”
Riyad Mahrez on his free-kick objective towards Rúnarsson pic.twitter.com/7HN1PW1Vrj
— Soccer Day by day (@footballdaily) December 22, 2020
12. Vito Mannone
The second Italian on this listing doesn’t fare a lot better than Viniano, regardless of him enjoying an entire 26 video games for the membership.
The longest-lasting reminiscence of the keeper, presently a free agent, is the second he quickly forgot how his physique labored throughout a Champions League defeat to Olympiakos.
11. Matt Macey
Macey was an worker of Arsenal from 2014 till 2021, when he left for Hibs. He performed two video games for the Gunners, neither of which we will keep in mind. Someway, that counts as an enchancment on Mannone and Runarsson.
10. Mathew Ryan
Ryan nearly makes the highest 10, regardless of dropping a number of factors for spelling his title with one tee.
After a stable spell Brighton, Graham Potter dropped Ryan and advised him he may search for a brand new membership. Barely unexpectedly, Arsenal took him on a half-season mortgage as back-up for Bernd Leno.
It was fairly unremarkable – three video games, two targets conceded, one clear sheet – apart from the truth that he just about arrange a objective for Eddie Nketiah with a header…
9. Jens Lehmann
That’s proper, Jens Lehmann’s return to Arsenal on the age of 41 counts as ‘post-Lehmann’ because of our flimsy grasp of language however agency grasp of linear time.
He performed within the league, too, securing a 100% report in his second stint, and the mere concept of getting Huge Jens again within the squad was a lift to morale.
8. Lukasz Fabianski
Fabianski has developed into among the finest goalkeepers within the Premier League, however he confirmed few indicators of that in his time at Arsenal.
The Pole is finest remembered for giving a stadium stuffed with followers a collective coronary with some unconvincing goalkeeping throughout the 2014 FA Cup ultimate which nearly undid all the great work he did within the earlier spherical’s penalty shoot-out.
It’s okay, although, he was nonetheless a child then. What’s that, he was 29? Which implies he’s now… oh.
7. Manuel Almunia
Is it honest to say Almunia’s standing amongst Arsenal goalkeepers is greater than when he was truly on the membership? Sure. Is that this revisionism warranted? Additionally sure.
Almunia was by no means pretty much as good as Lehmann, and doubtless shouldn’t have performed as a lot as he did when the German was round, however he was a reliable goalkeeper who discovered from his errors whereas nonetheless on the membership. Inside the context of this listing, that’s no imply feat.
6. David Ospina
Look, the idea of “a superb goalkeeper” is one it is best to have left on the door lengthy earlier than this second. Should you’ve bought this far with out realising that then we don’t actually know what to inform you.
Did Ospina make a behavior of sabotaging his personal group’s efforts? Sure. Did he spend as a lot time behind his personal goal-line as in entrance of it? Virtually actually. Did he value his team-mate an opportunity of enjoying on the World Cup by touching an oblique free-kick into his personal web? You higher consider it.
Nevertheless, with Ospina in objective, Arsenal picked up a stunning variety of factors per sport – 2.17 per Premier League look, to be exact. I do know, it does sound mistaken, nevertheless it isn’t.
5. Emiliano Martinez
Going into the 2019-20 season having performed a grand complete of 9 video games for the membership on the age of 26, Martinez would nonetheless have been decrease mid-table on this listing.
However then the Argentine stepped in for the injured Bernd Leno in the direction of the top of the marketing campaign and carried out brilliantly, specifically within the FA Cup ultimate win over Chelsea, after which he cried tears of pleasure and received the hearts of actually everyone.
He left fairly shortly afterwords when Mikel Arteta wouldn’t assure him a beginning place, however he’s worthy of his place within the high 4.
4. Petr Cech
Petr Cech’s transfer from Chelsea to Arsenal was concurrently handled as an absolute steal and a waste of cash however by some means ended up being neither.
He has ended up being the 2010 World Cup of goalkeepers – high-profile, with loads of hype, but you possibly can’t title greater than two or three issues that occurred throughout his time at Arsenal, and a kind of is music-related.
Largely unremarkable, and there’s each likelihood you’ll neglect he was ever there while you attempt to title Arsenal keepers in certainly one of our quizzes in 2029. By the requirements of this listing, that counts as ‘good’.
3. Wojciech Szczesny
Curse Wenger’s obsession with trivial issues like ‘well being’ and ‘professionalism’.
Juventus’ first-choice goalkeeper was allowed to go away Arsenal for Not Very A lot Cash At All, regardless of greater than warranting a beginning place on the premise of his precise soccer.
We’ll simply go away you with this…
2. Bernd Leno
He’d be within the high three only for pulling off the ‘goalkeeper in brief sleeves’ look, however he truly did rather well at Arsenal, particularly within the two seasons earlier than that harm that allowed Martinez his likelihood.
Leno had actually been the very best of a nasty bunch of Lehmann replacements till he was demoted to the bench after the arrival of…
1. Aaron Ramsdale
Sure, he’s solely been on the Emirates for one full season. However what a season it was. He not solely pulled off some ridiculously good save, however endeared himself to Gunners with a beneficiant serving to of sensational shithousery.
In actual fact, even when all he’d finished at Arsenal was this advert for a chippy on the Holloway Street, we’d nonetheless have him high.
🍽 Chip Inn Fish Bar
🐟 House to the best catches, on the opposite facet of Holloway Rd.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 22, 2022