Arsenal looking to pick up experienced defender
New Arsenal manager Unai Emery is looking to make a swift capture in the transfer market by bringing Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner to the Emirates Stadium, the BBC are reporting.
The former-Paris Saint-Germain boss was only announced as Arsene Wenger’s successor in North London on Wednesday but could make his first signing as soon as this week.
Lichtsteiner’s contract with the Italian Serie A champions runs out this summer meaning he can join Arsenal on a free transfer.
The 34-year-old has spent the past seven seasons with the Italian giants since moving from Lazio in 2011 and has won the Scudetto on each occasion in Turin.
It would appear that Emery is looking to bring experience and leadership into the defence that conceded 51 goals under Arsene Wenger this past season – the most during the long-serving manager’s reign.
Arsenal do have a highly-rated right-back in Hector Bellerin on their books so it will be interesting to see what plans Unai Emery has for the Spaniard should he indeed bring Stephan Lichtsteiner to the Emirates.
The captain of the Switzerland national team has also played at right wingback for Juventus and scored the first-ever competitive goal at the Juventus Stadium. He offers good width and some attacking threat when bombing on from full-back.