Jens Lehmann will be an Arsenal player next season.

It was announced on Friday that the German keeper has signed a new contract with the Club. The 37-year-old's current deal runs out in the summer so, as of last January, he was free to speak to other teams. However in the end he opted to stay with the side he joined from Borussia Dortmund in July 2003.

"Lehmann has extended for one year," said Arsène Wenger at his pre-match press conference.

"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."

However the manager admitted there could be a fight for the No 1 jersey next term.

"I see Jens as a top-class goalkeeper and Almunia as a top-class goalkeeper," said Wenger. "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."

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27 Apr 2007