Wenger: I won't push Lehmann out

Arsene Wenger insists Jens Lehmann could still have a future at Arsenal despite Borussia Dortmund's bid to sign the Germany goalkeeper.

Lehmann has lost his place at Arsenal to Manuel Almunia and Dortmund have been trying to put together a deal to take him to the Bundesliga.

The 38-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and the Gunners were believed to be ready to offer him a free transfer.

Wenger, whose side face Burnley in the FA Cup on Sunday, admits he would not stand in Lehmann's way should he be offered regular football away from Emirates Stadium because the veteran is keen to cement his place in the national team ahead of UEFA EURO 2008.

Dortmund are hopeful of completing a deal but Wenger is not certain Lehmann will leave.

"The door is not closed for Jens, but at the moment we have not reached any agreement. I do not even believe he has made his mind up," he said.

"When I extended Jens' contract, I opened the door for him that if he does not play and has a chance to play for the European Championship, then I would not stop him from leaving in January.

"He still thinks he should play, and I respect that. What I respect the most is he is a player who comes in and does his job 100% and does not talk too much. That is what he does."

Wenger was quick to rubbish reports in England on Friday suggesting young French midfielder Lassana Diarra had been the subject of a four million pounds offer from Tottenham.

Diarra only joined from Chelsea in August but is already keen to leave after failing to break into Wenger's first team.

"I had nobody from Spurs on the phone and I didn't reject any bids from Spurs," Wenger said. "We'll keep our conversations close and what we do inside the club but if you ask my opinion, I want him to stay.

"You don't make a player come on August 31 and then want to sell him on January 1. I want to keep Diarra but we'll see.

"The bad luck is that he arrived when our training had started. I rate him highly and, if it's down to me, I want him to stay.

"I can understand his frustration because he is worried about the national team, but I bought him in and it was long, hard work to get him here."