Jubilation at the Emirates stadium as Arsenal complete the signing of top Switzerland international
– Arsenal have announced the signing of defender Stephan Litchtsteiner
– He joins the Gunners as a free agent after leaving Italian club Juventus
– The 34-year-old is now the first signing of new Arsenal manager Unai Emery
Premier League giants Arsenal have announced the signing of Swiss professional footballer Stephan Lichtsteiner who joins the Gunners from Italian side Juventus.
The 34-year-old is said to have joined the London based club on a free transfer after his contract at Juventus expired at the end of last season’s campaign after spending seven seasons.
His experience is expected to provide back-up and competition to the promising Hector Bellerin next season at the Emirates Stadium.
The Swiss international is now the first signing for new Arsenal coach Unai Emery and he is expected to wear the jersey number 12 next season.
“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.” Arsenal coach Unai Emery told the club’s media
Lichtsteiner will represent Switzerland at this summer’s World Cup alongside his new Arsenal teammate Granit Xhaka, where he could win his 100th international cap.
He made more than 250 appearances for Juventus in a seven-year spell in Turin, with Lazio, Lille and Grasshopper Zurich among his other former clubs.