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Arsenal too big to be friendly, says demoted Lehmann

PUBLISHED: 14:46 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:53 07 September 2010

Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann says it is hard to make friends at big clubs – and isn t particularly close to any of his team-mates. You can have friendships in football in smaller clubs where you know you have to stick together and you know that you ar

Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann says it is hard to make friends at big clubs - and isn't particularly close to any of his team-mates.

"You can have friendships in football in smaller clubs where you know you have to stick together and you know that you are so dependent on each other," the German - currently No 2 to Manuel Almunia - said this week. In bigger clubs another guy comes in, delivers the same quality and you don't care about the first guy any more."

Meanwhile, much-maligned Arsenal skipper William Gallas has explained his reason for throwing his shirt to the Arsenal fans at the Bridge on Sunday.

The France defender has endured a rocky relationship - prompted by his erratic behaviour - since taking the skipper's armband. But he appears to be trying to build bridges.

He said: "They had come supporting us, and for them it was difficult to accept we lost - so I gave them my shirt. But it was nothing special.


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