Stephan Lichsteiner Leaves!

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Kingslayer, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. Kingslayer

    Kingslayer Forza Milan

    Swiss international defender Stephan Lichtsteiner is joining us from Juventus.

    He signs as a free agent from the Serie A club, where he won the title in each of his seven seasons.

    A hugely-experienced right-sided defender, Stephan made over 250 appearances for Juventus and is the fourth-most capped player in Switzerland history with 99 appearances for his country. He has also been the Swiss captain since 2016.

    Stephan, who will wear the No 12 shirt and have his surname on his shirt, has spoken to Arsenal Media about his move - and you can watch the interview below.

    Head coach Unai Emery said: “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.”

    Stephan, 34, started his senior career in 2001 with Swiss club Grasshopper Zurich, where he won the league title in 2003. He played in France with Lille for three years before moving to Lazio in Italy in 2008, where he won the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana before moving to Juventus in 2011.

    The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.
  2. Preacher

    Preacher Anti-Ornstein

    Good luck Swiss Express.

    Show how it's done and cut Bellerin's hair.
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  3. El Duderino

    El Duderino 99 Problems But A Mitch Ain't One

    Welcome! Please don't be like Silvestre.

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  4. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant

    Fantastic signing
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  5. Kingslayer

    Kingslayer Forza Milan

  6. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Lol he nothing like Silvestre.
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  7. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Great signing. We're winning Europa next season lads!
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  8. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    I didn't know he speak very good English that will help
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  9. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Lol what a guy playing right back and will wear N12
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  10. El Duderino

    El Duderino 99 Problems But A Mitch Ain't One

    OTT'ing aside. It's a good bet. 1+1 contract guarantees that we won't have to loan him out to 5 different clubs before releasing him from his contract.
  11. say yes

    say yes To Sweet Soulful House Music

    Very smart signing.

    Free, has character in spades and is still more than good enough to keep Bellerin on his toes.

    Backup RB done. 2 top CBs and a GK next.

  12. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Midfielder too let's hope Emery don't ignore quality depth like Wenger
  13. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant

    What he was like last season

    Still has pace, knocks ball past players, good delivery and anticipation in defence
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  14. say yes

    say yes To Sweet Soulful House Music

    Reliable player.

    Hope Emery rotates his fullbacks much more than Wenger used to. Bellerin looked worn out last season and Stephen will need to be playing at least semi-regularly to stay at the top of his game.
  15. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Transfer Junkie

    Lichsteiner is a real leader, can't complain at that one at all. Fantastic signing.
  16. GoonerJeeves

    GoonerJeeves Up The Terriers

    This makes sense on many different levels. Bellerin is an excellent fullback, but Lichtsteiner can hopefully be both a competitor and a more experienced sidekick.

    Mentalitywise we need more big characters in this squad, and I think Lichtsteiner can contribute to that.

    We will see if he can hack it in the Premier League, but it is a signing that seems very sensible.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2018
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  17. Kingslayer

    Kingslayer Forza Milan

  18. RandomHero84

    RandomHero84 Well-Known Member

    Good signing. Bellerin can't half arse it now.
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  19. say yes

    say yes To Sweet Soulful House Music

    Midfielder would be nice but given our budget I think we should focus on sorting out the defence and GK. Thats the Achilles heel of this team.

    If there’s enough in the tank for a top CM as well then fantastic but priority has to be making sure that Mustafi, Cech and and Koscielny never start for this club again. Particularly with Maitland-Niles coming through.

    Will be interesting to see how Emery intends to set up our midfield.
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  20. KrissKringle

    KrissKringle Well-Known Member

    WTF? Juve fans said he improved his crossing last season, so we got another RB with dodgy crossing.
    I thought he was better in that department, although even if he's sh*t, he still can't be worse than Bellerin at it.

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