New Arsenal signing explains what he will bring to Unai Emery’s side
Stephan Lichtsteiner is hoping his vast experience can prove a vital commodity to the Arsenal squad
Stephan Lichtsteiner is hoping that he can inject a winning mentality into the Arsenal dressing room.
The Switzerland international completed a free transfer to the north London side from Serie A champions Juventus on Tuesday evening.
Lichtsteiner left the Turin side after the 34-year-old won his seventh Serie A titles and four Coppa Italia crown in 2017-18.
The versatile defender comes with a wealth of experience following spells at Grasshopper, Lille and Lazio before he spent seven seasons at Juventus.
Arsenal finished in sixth place in the Premier League table to miss out on a Champions League spot for the second successive season.
The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when the north London side finished the campaign unbeaten.
Unai Emery took over the reins at Arsenal from Arsene Wenger last month after another disappointing season for the Gunners.
New Arsenal signing Lichtsteiner is confident that his experience can help to improve the Gunners side.
“I hope I can bring a lot of that mentality,” Lichtsteiner told Arsenal’s website.
“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.”
Arsenal have never won the Champions League following a 2-1 loss to FC Barcelona in the final in Paris back in 2006.
The Gunners have failed to reach the Champions League quarter-finals since 2010 and Arsenal lost 2-1 to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals.