April 10, 2008

Jens Lehmann's frustration has finally boiled over as he watches Arsenal's hopes of silverware fade with the season nearing its climax.

Emirates No. 1 Manuel Almunia has kept the German on the bench for most of the season, with Lehmann frequently tipped to leave the London outfit.

Now, following the unsuccessful Champions League and Premiership triple-header against Liverpool, Lehmann has slammed the 30-year-old Spaniard for his part in the Gunners' demise.

Talking to German magazine Kicker, Lehmann said: "I stayed here to win the Champions League and I saw good chances to play, but I have not had these [chances] and that makes me very angry."

As Arsène Wenger's troops clumped to a 5-3 aggregate defeat to the Reds in the quarterfinals, Lehmann has hit out against his boss, who he feels hasn't given him a fair chance and Almunia, who he says lacks the relevant experience.

"For me personally, it is a tragedy, particularly since I did not have a chance to prevent it," he continued. "I have had such thoughts [about being able to prevent defeats] ever since the coach took me out of the team following the 0-0 against Milan.

"To be sitting on the bench behind somebody who only started to play when he was 30 is not funny. I am very angry.

"If the coach had spoken to me before the start of the season then I would have been able to decide if I wanted to sit on the bench.

"He has a different opinion and I don't really believe he can be happy with it."

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