Warmuz seals Dortmund switch
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Lens custodian has revealed he was desperate to extend his stay at Highbury but accepted the opportunity to move on after Gunners chief Arsene Wenger informed him he would only have a bit-part role again at the club this season.
"Yes, I would have liked to have remained (at Arsenal), but Arsene was clear with me," the 33-year-old told www.sport.fr.
"He told me that he was looking for a number one and had found it with Lehmann, and could not propose me better than I had known last season."
Warmuz joined Arsenal during last season's transfer window but failed to make a single first-team appearance for the North Londoners as David Seaman and Stuart Taylor remained ahead of him in Wenger's pecking order.
However, the custodian claims he is delighted to have had his time at Highbury, and has benefited from his time at one of Europe's major clubs.
"I spent six months there with one of Europe's big teams. I saw how the big players work and that is an experience you can not buy.
"To live with a group like that was something fantastic."
Warmuz, who is now set to battle it out with Dortmund youngster Roman Wiedenfeller for the club's number one jersey, has agreed a one-year deal at the Westfalonstadion, with an option to extend it for a further year depending on his performances.
Meanwhile, Arsenal's Stuart Taylor insists he is ready to battle it out with new arrival Lehmann to be first choice at Highbury.
The 22-year-old spoke in glowing terms about the German international shot-stopper, but added he would relish the challenge to establish himself next term.
"I remember playing against Lehmann in last season's Champions League, so as soon as his name was mentioned I said to everyone how good he was.
"He's got a good frame and is capable of making great saves so I'll be hoping to pick things up off him.
"I would not say I am disappointed because I am still young. But I am not going to lie down and let him be the number one either.
"I'll fight for the place. I'm not going to make it easy for him, I am going to push him as hard as I can."