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Arsenal sign Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of veteran full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus.

The Switzerland international becomes the first Gunners signing confirmed since Unai Emery succeeded Arsene Wenger as manager.

Emery told the club website: ‘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.

STEPHAN LICHTSTEINER PROFILE FACT FILE

Age: 34

Position: Right back

Clubs: Grasshoppers (2001-2005), Lille (2005-2008), Lazio (2008-2011), Juventus (2011-2018), Arsenal (2018-)

Career club games: 565

Goals: 29; Assists: 46

International caps (Switzerland): 99

Honours: 7x Serie A (every season 2011-18), 5x Coppa Italia (2009, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), 4x Italian Super Cup (2010, 2013, 2014, 2016), 2002/03 Swiss League.

Arsenal teased the move by asking fans on Twitter to name the nine Arsenal players going to this summer’s World Cup – with Lichtsteiner being No 9.

The move was then confirmed with a short video clip of Lichtsteiner, wearing an Arsenal polo shirt, saying ‘nothing gets past us’.

He then posted a message to Twitter saying: ‘Happy and honoured to be a Gunner! Will work hard and passionately day in and day out to achieve our sporting objectives and to win trophies with this great club!’

New team-mate Mohamed Elneny also welcomed Lichtsteiner to the club on social media, retweeting him with the statement ‘welcome on board’.

Photos from Arsenal’s London Colney base showed Lichtsteiner in his new club kit, and being greeted by former player Robert Pires.

Lichtsteiner, 34, won the Serie A title in each of his seven seasons in Turin, but moves to London and will wear the No 12 shirt.
He made over 250 appearances for Juve and will win his 100th cap for Switzerland – who he has captained since 2016 – this Friday in a friendly against Japan.

If he does not play in that match, Lichtsteiner could mark his century of Swiss caps in their World Cup opener against Brazil on June 17.

Arsenal have not confirmed the length of Lichtsteiner’s contract, and he will join the Gunners following the expiration of his Juventus deal this month.

Lichtsteiner will compete with Hector Bellerin for the starting right back spot in Emery’s Gunners side.

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