Mixed reaction to Lichtsteiner signing from Arsenal fans

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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Switzerland right-back and captain Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer after his exit from Juventus, according to the club’s official website.

The 34-year-old brings a wealth of experience to north London having spent the last seven years with the Serie A champions.

He won seven consecutive league titles and will provide fantastic competition and guidance to current Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin.

Lichtsteiner, was delighted with the move and will join compatriot Granit Xhaka at the Emirates as he embarks on new chapter in his career.

Furthermore, he will don the number 12 shirt previously worn by Olivier Giroud before his move to Chelsea in January.

“It’s a great moment. 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,” he said, as per the report above.

“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.”

Lichtsteiner has become new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery’s first signing and it appears he is trying to tighten up the team defensively, given that the Gunners conceded 51 goals in 38 Premier League games last season; which was the worst record of the top seven sides.

The reaction to the new signing has been welcomed by some fans who feel Bellerin’s place is under threat, however, some have question the veteran’s age.

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  1. While 34 is a rather senior age for most professional football players, this can also be a matter of great variability among individuals. It also seems that the mid-30’s are an age range that is kinder to defenders and especially to goalkeepers, than it is to forwards and midfielders. Even at 34, Lichtsteiner is 2 years younger than Zlatan Ibrahimovic (another Free Transfer) who still managed to strike fear into much of the Premier League at age 34. And yes, I know Zlatan’s time at Man United didn’t end so well, but he was quite good over many months prior to the knee injury (both statistically and also as a team leader). And it may be such leadership of back-line defenders that is the most essential form of help Lichtsteiner can bring to Arsenal.

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