Unai Emery

Arsenal to sign Juventus right-back on free transfer this summer

According to The Guardian, Arsenal wish to sign Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer this summer once his contract expires with Serie A champions Juventus on the 1st of July.

An accomplished career

Lichtsteiner is now 34 years old meaning he has had a long career, which has been full of success.

Lichtsteiner joined Juventus in 2011 from fellow Serie A side Lazio for a fee of around £9 million.

Since then, Lichtsteiner has gone on to be a key figure for the Italian giants over the past seven years.

The Juventus defender’s career is also filled with silverware. Lichtsteiner has won the Serie A seven times, the Italian Cup five times, the Italian Super Cup four times and he also won the Swiss Cup with Grasshoppers FC.

A great sub

However, now that Lichtsteiner is 34, Juventus do not wish to renew his contract, which has opened the door for Arsenal to sign the Swiss international.

While it is very unlikely Lichtsteiner will take the place of Arsenal’s young right-back Hector Bellerin, Lichtsteiner would still make a great back up right-back for the Gunners.

Lichtsteiner would also provide some much-needed experience and a better defensive mind than that of Hector Bellerin. Who is far better at going forward than he is at defending.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 03: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal celebrates scoring his teams second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Unai Emery

If Arsenal do secure the signature of Lichtsteiner, he could well be Unai Emery’s first signing as Arsenal boss.

Emery was announced as Arsene Wenger’s replacement on the 23rd of May. And Now that Emery has officially been named Arsenal boss, there is no doubt he will be keen to start putting his own personal touch on this Arsenal side.

Plus, given Arsenal’s poor performances in recent years, which eventually lead to Wenger’s departure, it is clear this Arsenal side is in need of a serious overhaul and Lichtsteiner could be the first player in this new look Arsenal side.

 

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