Ray Parlour tips new Arsenal signing to improve Hector Bellerin

Ray Parlour is tipping Stephan Lichtsteiner to help bring the best out of Arsenal's defenders

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New Arsenal manager Unai Emery Photo: Arsenal Media

Ray Parlour is tipping Stephan Lichtsteiner to help improve Hector Bellerin following his move to Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

The veteran defender has been getting used to life at The Emirates after having signed for the Gunners on a free transfer earlier this summer as one of Unai Emery’s first recruits.

Emery has moved quickly to start bolstering his squad at the north London side as he looks to try and guide the Gunners back into the top four next season.

Lichtsteiner is one of five new signings to have arrived at Arsenal so far this summer as Emery looks to try and make an impact in his first campaign at the club.

And former Gunners midfielder Parlour believes that he is going to bring some invaluable experience to the Arsenal back line for next season.

Speaking in an interview with Bwin: Parlour said: “Bellerin will learn a lot from Lichtsteiner, especially the vital art of defending.

“Bellerin is great going forwards but he lacks discipline and can often forget his defensive responsibilities. That won’t be allowed to happen with Lichtsteiner in the dressing room barking in his ear.

“Lichtsteiner will demand a lot of respect following his successes at Juventus and his experience as captain of Switzerland.

“He’s also a leader on and off the pitch which Arsenal have badly needed the last few years. Bellerin has never really had competition or someone like Lichtsteiner by his side.”

Arsenal will be looking to at least break back into the top four next season after they finished in sixth place in the Premier League table and without a trophy last term.

The north London side have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph back in the 2003-04 campaign at Highbury.

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