ARSENAL Invincibles legend Jens Lehmann phoned Bernd Leno to check he was OK with the German having been demoted to No2 behind Aaron Ramsdale.
The pair briefly played together at Stuttgart and have kept in touch ever since.
Leno, 29, came through the ranks at the Bundesliga side and began training with the senior teams around the time Lehmann, 52, arrived from the Gunners in 2008.
And although Lehmann left in 2010 and Leno never made a Stuttgart first-team appearance before leaving for Bayer Leverkusen, the two remain in contact to this day.
Mikel Arteta has promoted Ramsdale to first-choice stopper at the Emirates this season which has seen Leno drop to the bench for their Premier League games.
And Lehmann – who won the Prem and the FA cup during a five-year, 200 game spell – called his fellow German to check in on him.
In an interview with the Arsenal programme ahead of their home clash against Southampton, Leno recalled: "I will never forget what I learned from Jens.
"I am still in touch with him. In fact he called me the other day to ask if everything is OK.
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