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Switzerland and former Juventus full back Stephan Lichtsteiner has joined Arsenal on a free transfer.
The 34 year old penned a one year contract and arrives from Juventus, where he left after winning seven Scuddetti and seven cups in a successful spell with the Serie A giants.
He becomes the first signing under new head coach Unai Emery and will provide the needed competition for Hector Bellerin. The coach had this to say about the veteran full back:
“Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to our squad.
“He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude. Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.”
Lichtsteiner was recruited by Arsenal’s new-look footballing hierarchy that includes scouting czar Sven Mislintat, director of football operations Raul Sanllehi and contract specialist Huss Fahmy, and the 34-year-old defender is looking forward to trying to return Arsenal to the top four.
Lichtsteiner said his goal was to play at the highest level and take Arsenal back to the champions league.
“There is a project. There is a project to come back into the Champions League. I think it’s hard to see a club like Arsenal not playing in the Champions League. If you see the players, if you see the club, the stadium… it’s the project, the big opportunity to get back to the highest level.
“I hope I can bring a lot of [winning] mentality. It’s a little bit of the same project that I did seven years ago with Juventus. Juventus also, for two times, didn’t qualify for the Champions League. I hope I can bring a lot of experience, a lot of mentality and together, with my team, come back to the highest level of the Champions League.” He said
He will wear the number 12 jersey and link up with his team mates after the world cup where he’s representing Switzerland.