Stephan Lichtsteiner was never meant to be a long-term option for Arsenal when the right-back signed from Juventus, and yet it’s felt like the Swiss defender has been in north London for an eternity.
Since joining the Premier League side on a free from the Italian giants last summer, Lichtsteiner was always seen as a back-up option to Hector Bellerin and a player the Spaniard can learn from off the pitch, and for the most part the 35-year-old right-back has done just that, patiently waiting on the bench and watching the Arsenal number two develop more and more with each passing game.
But after his first full season in England, the Standard report that the Swiss international is likely to move on from Arsenal following the final match of the season against Chelsea in the Europa League final, and for fans, this will be a move many would be happy with.
Lichtsteiner, who is valued at £1.35 million on Transfermarkt, has been rather unspectacular when called upon this season, lacking the pace to keep up with the wingers of the Premier League and showing his age with lapses of concentration in matches, resulting in Unai Emery turning to Ainsley Maitland-Niles as Bellerin’s replacement when the starting right-back tore his ACL in December.
The Swiss defender can get a starting spot somewhere else at a decent team in Europe, but with Emery preferring full-backs who like to bomb up the pitch and create chances, Lichtsteiner is simply playing at the wrong team where his skill set can be used.
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