Arsenal will be travelling to Bloomfield Road to take on Blackpool in the FA Cup 3rd round this season. It may be the second time this season that they’ve faced the Tangerines, but it’s the first time since April 2011 that they’ve travelled to Bloomfield Road. The last time they did so, Jens Lehmann played his final game at the age of 41.
Seeing as we play @BlackpoolFC this weekend…
On our last visit, back in 2011, Jens Lehmann came out of retirement to make a dramatic return to our line up at the age of 41
We won 3-1 in what was Lehmann’s 200th and final appearance for the club
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 3 January 2019
Back in April 2011, Lehmann was able to restrict the Tangerines to just one goal whilst Abou Diaby, Emmanuel Eboue and Robin van Persie scored to ensure the Gunners would be celebrating their trip back to London as 3-1 winners, and this weekend should be just as easy for them as that day was back in the Premier League’s 2010/11 season, especially seeing as their opponents are now a League One side.
Whilst it was a German ‘keeper playing eight years ago, the chances of a German starting between the sticks on Saturday are slim. Unai Emery will likely rotate wherever he can for this one and whilst he’ll be keen to avoid the Gunners fate from last season, where they were knocked out at this stage of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest, he’ll be hopeful of getting to the next round without the need of a replay or too many of their key players.
You can read the Gunners’ verdict on Jens Lehmann here:
Legendary keeper. Irreplaceable at this club.
— Gunner (@Auba_Laca8) 3 January 2019
41 years old!
Most players can't stay fit in their early 30s
— MJ (@Mj_MemeLord) January 3, 2019
Probably still at better goalkeeper then Leno even at the age he is now
— 90th Minute Goals (@docterwho519) January 3, 2019
I thought this tweet had said that he will be playing then I saw the year
— Sue ellen (@actor_sueellen) 3 January 2019
Jens – loved his madness
— Walter (@NaughtyGooner) January 3, 2019
— Nithin N (@Fabinthin04) January 3, 2019
The fans have fond memories of Lehmann, including that Blackpool clash, and will hope they can get through this weekend without any major issues.
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