Arsenal right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has admitted that he may consider retiring if he cannot force his way into Unai Emery’s first-team plans at the Emirates this season.
The vastly experienced 103 cap Switzerland international moved to Arsenal on a free transfer from Juventus earlier this summer, after winning seven successive Serie A titles with the Old Lady.
Lichtsteiner has revealed that he turned down moves to other top clubs as he wanted the challenge of trying to become Arsenal’s first-choice right-back ahead of Hector Bellerin.
However, he has started all of the Gunners four Premier League games on the bench and the 34-year-old admitted that if he is unable to force his way into Emery’s starting XI he may consider retirement.
“I could have changed to five other clubs in the summer, knowing that I would certainly play 47 out of 50 serious matches,” he told Sportal.
“I was looking for a demanding challenge in a new league. That is why I knew I had to fight for a regular spot against Hector Bellerin.
“For me, stepping down has never been up for debate.
“If I have to admit that I can not keep the level of the last few years, then it is time. But then I will not only resign from the Swiss national team, but finish my career.”