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Whatever happened to Jens Lehmann?

Jens Lehmann was the only member of the Invincibles team to play in every one of the league games.  As such he really ought to have a statue to him outside the ground – but there seems to be no plans for this.

Lehmann returned to Arsenal after retiring as a player as assistant coach but on 19 June 2018 he left the club as part of Unai Emery’s changes.  Seven months later he became assistant coach of FC Augsburg.   He is also a board member of the youth football foundation Stiftung Jugendfußball, founded by Jürgen Klinsmann and is ambassador of the foundation Power-Child Campus South Africa that supports children affected by HIV and well as foundations of Bert Trautmann, Christoph Metzelder and Bob Wilson.

Jens made his film acting debut with the German/South African production Themba playing a coach and talent scout, the story based on the novel by Lutz van Dijk.

Here are the anniversaries…

29 January 1894: Walter Williams played in a 5-2 friendly win over Blackpool at number 10 and scoring two goals. He signed as an amateur in November 1893, before turning professional in 1894    His one league game was a 3-2 win over Crewe Alexandra 10 February 1894.

29 January 1896: At the half-yearly committee general meeting an attempt was made to discuss the issue of appointing a manager, but the sub-committee in charge of the team objected for fear that they could lose their paid weekends away for away games.

29 January 1887: Erith 2 Royal Arsenal 3. This was the return match of the first ever game played under the name Royal Arsenal, and the fifth successive victory (including the opening game played as Dial Square), with 27 goals scored and 3 against.

29 January 1898: After battling through the preliminary rounds of the FA Cup Arsenal went out 1-3 away to Burnley in the first round proper.

29 January 1906: Hugh McDonald joined from Beith.  After a slow start he became a regular goalkeeper, playing even when injured.  He eventually moved to Fulham – where Henry Norris was a director.

29 January 1910: Woolwich Arsenal v Bolton W – the last game for Archie Cross who then returned to Dartford. After no wins in five Arsenal made it two in a row with a 2-0 win.  But then it was another case of five without a win. See this page also.  

29 January 1927.  Port Vale 2 Arsenal 2 (FA Cup 4) en route to Wembley.  Buchan and Brain scored the goals in front of a crowd of 18,000.  A reminder that even Chapman teams could struggle to beat lower league opposition. 

29 January 1930 Arsenal beat Birmingham 1-0 away in FA Cup heading for their first ever major trophy.  Baker scored with 47,521 in the crowd.

29 January 1955: The last senior game for Arthur Milton (v Wolverhampton).  He played county cricket for Gloucestershire and six test matches for England. (See here in passing).  

29 January 1964: John Kay born.  He played 13 games for Arsenal and won the Football Combination with the reserves before finding success with Sunderland.

29 January 1972: Sheffield Utd 0 Arsenal 5.  George (2), Graham, Simpson and Kennedy got the goals, as part of a 12 match unbeaten run that had started after a 5-1 defeat to Wolverhampton.

29 January 1977: Arsenal 3 Coventry 1, (FA Cup).  Last game for Peter Storey, one of the uncompromising hard men of the game.  Macdonald (2) and Stapleton got the goals.

29 January 1988: Lee Dixon signed from Stoke for £400,000.  He was part of the famous George Graham back four, winning two league titles with Graham and playing in two Double sides under Arsène Wenger.

29 January 1992: Ray Parlour’s first game: Liverpool 2 Arsenal 0.  He was an Arsenal stalwart and favourite. Arsène Wenger once said he could never understand a word he said but clearly admired his style of play.

29 January 1999: Kaba Diawara joined from Bordeaux.  He played 12 league games for Arsenal before moving on to Marseille.  Including loans he played for 17 different clubs in his career. 

29 January 2005: Arsenal 2 Wolverhampton 0 (FA Cup 4, as another cup triumph is pursued.)  Vieira and Ljungberg scored with 37153 in attendance.

29 January 2006: Mark Howard loaned to Falkirk.  He played for two clubs (including Arsenal) and had two loan spells without playing a single league game.

29 January 2008: Arsenal beat Newcastle 3-0 to go top of the league, concluding a January of three wins and a draw, scoring 9 conceding 1.  Also Jens Lehmann said he would leave the club at the end of the season, partly because of his treatment by fans.  But he returned to the side on 2 February 2008, with Almunia first injured and then catching the flu.

29 January 2010: Jack Wilshere loaned to Bolton where he played 14 league games.  It was his only loan spell prior to the 2016/7 season with Bournemouth after a long run of injuries.

29 January 2014, Kyle Bartley was recalled by Swansea (to whom he was sold by Arsenal on 16 August 2012 for £1m), and was ultimately handed a new three-year contract with Swansea until June 2017.

29 January 2019: Arsenal beat Cardiff City, in Cardiff’s first match since the death in suspicious circumstances of Emiliano Sala. The victory took Arsenal to 4th place in the League.

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