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Lehmann seals Arsenal switch

Published: Saturday 26 July 2003, 18.42CET
Arsenal FC have completed the signing of BV Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. features

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Published: Saturday 26 July 2003, 18.42CET

Lehmann seals Arsenal switch

Arsenal FC have completed the signing of BV Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.

Arsenal FC have completed the signing of BV Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Jens Lehmann for an undisclosed fee.

International experience
The 33-year-old German international passed a medical on Friday to seal his move to the Premiership club, where he will replace David Seaman, who joined Manchester City FC at the end of last season.

'One of Europe’s top clubs'
"I am delighted to be joining Arsenal," Lehmann told Arsenal's official website. "They are one of Europe's great clubs and they have many fantastic players. I'm also very much looking forward to playing in the English Premiership."

'Great signing'
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger was equally pleased with the move."Jens Lehmann is a great signing," he said. "He is a very experienced goalkeeper who has proved his quality. Jens will greatly improve the strength of our squad and I am very happy that we have signed a player of his ability. I am pleased because he is used to playing under big pressure, he is intelligent and we got him at the right price."

Title winner
Lehmann, who has won 16 caps for Germany, helped Dortmund to the German league title in 2002, and also won the 1997 UEFA Cup with FC Schalke 04. He will join his new team-mates on their pre-season tour of Austria on Sunday.

Warmuz switch
As a direct result of the transfer, French goalkeeper Guillaume Warmuz moves in the other direction, joining Dortmund from the London club. The 33-year-old had moved to Arsenal before the 2002/03 season after more than a decade with RC Lens, but did not play a first-team match in the English capital.

Last updated: 28/07/03 10.07CET

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