New Arsenal signing explains decision to move to Gunners

Stephan Lichtsteiner reveals what attracted him to a move to Arsenal

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Stephan Lichtsteiner has revealed that the challenge of helping Arsenal to return to the Champions League proved an attractive proposition.

The Switzerland international completed a switch to the Gunners on a free transfer from Serie A champions Juventus on Tuesday afternoon.

Lichtsteiner will wear the number 12 shit at the north London outfit and the experienced defender is expected to rival Hector Bellerin for a starting spot.

At 34, the Swiss full-back comes with a wealth of experience having won seven Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia crowns and the Italian Super Cup three times.

Lichtsteiner spent seven seasons at Juventus following his move from Lazio in 2011, having spent previous spells at Grashopper and Lille.

Arsenal finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last term to miss out on a top-four spot in successive seasons.

Lichtsteiner is hoping that he can help Arsenal secure a place in the top four next term and a return to the Champions League after a two-season absence.

“There is a project. There is a project to come back into the Champions League,” Lichtsteiner told Arsenal’s website.

“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.”

Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when the Gunners finished the Premier League campaign unbeaten.

Unai Emery took over the reins from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal last month after the Frenchman ended his 22 year reign.

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