Arsenal set to sign experienced defender

Arsenal have agreed personal terms to sign right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Italian champions Juventus.

The 34-year-old has won the Scudetto on all seven occasions during the seven seasons that he has been with the Turin giants.

Lichtsteiner has made 257 appearances for the Old Lady during this time.

The Switzerland international will become Unai Emery’s first signing for the Gunners following the appointment of the new manager earlier this summer.

Emery pointed out his new signing bringing experience and leadership to a defence that was leaky in Arsene Wenger’s final campaign:

“Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to us. He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude.

“Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.”

Arsenal already have a top right-back in Hector Bellerin so it will be interesting to see if Stephan Lichtsteiner has been brought in as a backup or whether the Spaniard will be pushed forward into a more attacking role.  Both love to bomb forward and support the attacks from out wide.

Stephan Lichtsteiner has 99 caps for the Swiss national team and is part of their squad for the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia.