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New deal for Lehmann
27 Apr 2007 - 16:34:19
Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has signed a one-year contract with the Gunners, but Arsene Wenger has warned the veteran German that he will not necessarily be a first-team regular next term.
The 37-year-old has played in virtually every Premiership game for Wenger's side this season while Manuel Almunia has been forced to settle for a place on the substitute's bench.
"Lehmann has extended for one year," Wenger confirmed. "He is a 100 per cent professional.
"He gives something to the team as well in the dressing-room if it is needed and I think he had a decent season this season.
"I see Jens as a top-class goalkeeper and Almunia as a top-class goalkeeper.
"So it will be a battle at some stage because Almunia has improved tremendously.
"Jens is trying every day to make life difficult for those who compete with him. That is very good because it makes those who are competing with him improve as well."
Wenger has made 138 Premiership appearances for Arsenal since his transfer from Borussia Dortmund in July 2003.