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Arsenal complete signing of Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner

Stephan Lichtsteiner will swap Juventus for Arsenal next season after agreeing a free transfer to the Premier League club.

football Updated: Jun 05, 2018 19:10 IST
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Stephan Lichtsteiner becomes new manager Unai Emery’s first signing at Arsenal.(Twitter (@Arsenal))

Arsenal have completed the first signing of Unai Emery’s tenure with the acquisition of Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner.

The Switzerland international ended his time with Juventus having secured a seventh Serie A title in 2017-18, with Massimiliano Allegri’s squad pipping Napoli to the Scudetto in the closing weeks.

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Lichtsteiner was a champion of Italy in all seven of his seasons in Turin, making over 250 appearances for the Bianconeri.

He will add valuable experience to Emery’s squad for the 2018-19 Premier League season, although his arrival puts Hector Bellerin’s future at Emirates Stadium in doubt.

“Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to our squad,” Emery told Arsenal’s official website.

“He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude. Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.”

First Published: Jun 05, 2018 19:10 IST