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BREAKING NEWS : Lichtsteiner becomes Arsenal’s first summer signing

 

 

Arsenal has formally agreed on a deal to sign Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner.

The 34-year-old will make the switch to the Emirates when his contract in Turin expires at the end of the month.

A skilled campaigner, Lichtsteiner spent seven seasons with the Italian champions, winning seven league titles and making over 250 appearances for the club.

The Swiss international will wear the number 12 shirt at the Emirates.

Manager Unai Emery stated that he hoped Lichtsteiner’s experience and leadership would shine through in the coming months.

“Stephan brings big experience and leadership to our squad,” he explained. “He’s a player with nice quality with a really positive and determined attitude. Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.”

The length of the deal has not been disclosed.

Lichtsteiner will provide experienced competition for regular right-back Hector Bellerin, as well as adding some much-needed grit to the Arsenal backline.

Switzerland captain Lichtsteiner is at the moment preparing to lead his nation at the World Cup in Russia, which will get underway next week.

Speaking to the club‘s official website, Lichtsteiner stated: “It is a terrific moment for me to try to make huge things with this big club. There is a project here to try to return to the Champions League. It is arduous to see a club like Arsenal not playing in the Champions League. Emery is an excellent coach and he has won a number of titles.”

Lastly, when asked what sort of player he’s and what he might offer, Lichsteiner replied: I am a right-back who likes to attack however who also is aware of when to attack and when to stay behind. I hope I can bring a lot of mentalities, it is similar to the project seven years ago when I went to Juventus so I hope I can bring plenty of experience.”

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