Lehmann said yesterday that he expects to play against Tottenham Hotspur a week tomorrow. The Germany goalkeeper has been rested after a series of early-season blunders and injuries but, in a bad-tempered outburst, he insisted that he is still Arsenal's first choice.
"If I am injured, then obviously another man plays, but I feel I am the No 1 at Arsenal," Lehmann said. "If he [Manuel Almunia] is a superman who stops everything then I may not play again, but from experience I know I have played constantly and I am not worried that I will not play again when I am fit. I will play."