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Arsenal sign Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free from Juventus

Stephan Lichtsteiner becomes first Unai Emery first major signing since joining Arsenal

Arsenal have completed the signing of of veteran full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus.

Lichtsteiner, who spent seven years with Juventus, making 257 appearances and winning Serie A seven times in a row, will wear the No. 12 shirt for the Gunners.

The new Arsenal boss told the club’s website “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.”

The 34-year-old becomes the first Arsenal signing confirmed since Unai Emery succeeded Arsene Wenger as manager.

“It’s a great moment,” Lichtsteiner said “It’s a great for me after Juventus to come to Arsenal and have this big challenge to make big things [happen] with this big club.

“There is a project. There is a project to come back into the Champions League. I think it’s hard to see a club like Arsenal not playing in the Champions League.

“If you see the players, if you see the club, the stadium… it’s the project, the big opportunity to get back to the highest level.He’s a very good coach who’s won a lot of titles, especially the Europa League that we play in this year.

“He’s a coach who knows what he wants and a coach who also progresses the players, and also old players like me. You never stop learning and this is very important. I’m really positive that we will do great things.

“I hope I can bring a lot of that mentality. It’s a little bit of the same project that I did seven years ago with Juventus. Juventus also, for two times, didn’t qualify for the Champions League. I hope I can bring a lot of experience, a lot of mentality and together, with my team, come back to the highest level of the Champions League.”

Arsenal have not confirmed the length of Lichtsteiner’s contract, and he will join the Gunners following the expiration of his Juventus deal this month.

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