Arsenal Sign Veteran Defender, Lichtsteiner From Juventus
Arsenal have confirmed their first signing of the summer as Stephan Lichtsteiner joins the side from Italian giants, Juventus.
The Switzerland international has left the Old Lady after winning seven Scuddetti and seven cups in a successful spell with the 2017 UEFA Champions League finalists.
In addition, Lichtsteiner will wear the number 12 Jersey and will compete with Hector Bellerin for the starting spot at the right-back position.
Arsenal new boss, Unai Emery said of the new acquisition: “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.”
“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.
34-year-old Stephan had this to say: “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.”
Lichtsteiner is a very experienced right-back who made over 250 appearances for Juventus and is the fourth most capped player in Switzerland history with 99 appearances. He has also been the Swiss captain since 2016.
Stephan started his senior career in 2001 with Swiss club Grasshopper Zurich, where he won the league title in 2003.
He played in Lille for three years before moving to Lazio in Italy in 2008, where he won the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana before moving to Juventus in 2011.
However, this is the first signing of the Gunners since Unai Emery took over managerial affairs at the club.
Emery was announced as the new Arsenal boss last month as he replaced Arsene Wenger, who had been manager for 22 years.
Arsenal fans all around the world will be hoping that the former Valencia, Sevilla and PSG boss will qualify the club for the UEFA Champions League next season and also win more silverware with the club during his stay.