With his contract set to expire this summer, 34-year-old Swiss defender, Stephan Lichtsteiner remains unsure when his proposed move to Arsenal will occur, the Express reports, as he prepares for the upcoming FIFA World Cup having brought an end to his seven years at Italian giants, Juventus.
Having made over 200 appearances for Massimiliano Allegri’s side, Lichtsteiner will look to see out the remainder of his career elsewhere and he has been promised his move to England despite the uncertainty over how long it may take to complete.
Newly appointed manager, Unai Emery will no doubt monitor the performance of Lichtsteiner in a group that will see him face off against three-time winners Brazil as well as Costa Rica and European counterparts, Serbia.
The versatile right-back, who nears his 100th international cap admitted, “Nothing is finalised. I cannot say anything about that” said Lichtsteiner. “Will it be done before the World Cup? I don’t know.”
Lichtsteiner could bring the much-needed toughness and desire that a lacklustre Arsenal missed so dearly throughout the 2017/18 season that saw them stagger to an underwhelming 6th placed finish in Arsene Wenger’s final campaign at the Emirates.
With Per Meresacker hanging up his boots and the inconsistency of Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin and Shkodran Mustafi, the back-line is a big issue for Emery so it comes as no surprise to the see the Gunners linked with a range of defenders.
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