Arsenal have completed their first signing of the post Arsene Wenger era after announcing the arrival of Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus.
The 34-year-old moves to the Emirates on a free transfer after his deal in Turin expired, and brings with him a much needed wealth of experience.
He started his senior career back in 2001 with Swiss club Grasshopper Zurich, where he won the league title in 2003. He then moved to French side Lille in 2005, before moving to Lazio in 2008, where he won the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana.
He eventually moved Juventus in 2011, where he has gone on to win an incredible seven Serie A titles, three more Supercoppa Italiana’s and four more Coppa Italia’s.
He was also named as Swiss footballer of the year back in 2015.
While Lichtsteiner isn’t expected to necessarily be a guaranteed starter, he will provide much needed experience to a defence that has been a glaring weakness in the Arsenal side for a number of years under Wenger.
Speaking about his arrival, newly appointed Arsenal head coach coach Unai Emery told the official Arsenal website:
“Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to our squad. He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude. Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.”
The club also confirmed that the Swiss international will wear the number 12 shirt this season.
Arsenal are also believed to be close to landing Greek defended Socrates Papastathopoulos, with his father recently confirming his son has rejected a move to Manchester United in favour of a move to the Emirates.