Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has announced his retirement.

Lehmann, who will turn 40 in November, has decided to end his distinguished career at the end of the season.

Lehmann, who also enjoyed success with Arsenal from 2003 to 2008 before returning to Germany to play for Stuttgart, said he wanted to see one last year of Champions League action with his current club before retiring.

"Until the end of the season and then that is it," he told reporters in Romania before Stuttgart's 2-0 win against FC Timisoara for the Champions League qualification play-off on Tuesday.

"It will be good to move out of the spotlight for a bit."