Jens Lehmann slams current Arsenal stars
Former Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has criticised some of the current Gunners players, saying that they must take some of the blame for the club's poor season and that they owe Arsene Wenger a lot.
Wenger's managerial position at the club has come under huge scrutiny of late, with it widely expected that this will be his last season at the North London club. His team have crashed out of the Champions League and now sit in sixth place in the Premier League, after a 3-1 defeat to West Brom at the weekend.
Lehmann, who was a member of the famous "Invincibles" team in 2003/04, has now spoken out in defence of his former manager, saying that the Arsenal players must take their share of the blame for their poor season.
In particular, Lehmann has picked out Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi. Speaking of Sanchez, Lehmann says that "you must be a big player mentally - not just good at dribbling. If you're sulking, you can't be a big player." This comes after Sanchez's attitude has been questioned on multiple occasions this season. Moving on to Ozil, his fellow countryman Lehmann suggested that he may be too soft for the Premier League, adding "how much can he contribute when it gets tough?" Finally, Lehmann questioned whether Mustafi was good enough to be playing at the heart of Arsenal's defence, but also suggesting that the club overpaid for him; "it's not Mustafi's fault someone paid £35 million for him. If someone buys me for £35 million, the next day I'm not a better player."
Arsenal's players have an opportunity to prove themselves after the international break, with a tough home tie against Manchester City in the Premier League.