Stephan Lichtsteiner has confirmed he will leave Arsenal this summer.
The veteran full-back joined Arsenal on a one-year deal from Juventus in 2018, making 23 appearances in all competitions during his sole season in North London.
The 35-year-old has now confirmed via social media of his departure from the Emirates, admitting the club’s Europa League final defeat to Chelsea was ‘hard to accept’ and thanking the fans for their support throughout the season.
“We were close to add an important chapter to this amazing club’s history. But to be close … is unfortunately not good enough. This is hard to accept. I’m very disappointed,” he wrote on his Instagram.
“It was our objective to bring Arsenal back on the highest international level and to win trophies. Both belong to this great club.
“I wish my teammates, my coach and his staff, all hard-working employees and all Gunner fans simply the best! I’m confident our team can complete our mission next season!
“I loved to be a part of this club. It was a great challenge and experience without a happy end, unfortunately. Thank you very much for your overwhelming support! It was much appreciated!”