Unai Emery had more to change at Arsenal than just the football they were playing. The mentality in the dressing room had to change and it looks like he’s brought the right players in to make that happen, with Stephan Lichtsteiner being key to that. Fans had a glimpse of the new man’s mentality in this video with Hector Bellerin on the Arsenal website.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 15 August 2018
Plenty of Arsenal fans were slating the players and their lack os passion and fight under Arsene Wenger and it’s easy to see why. The club got caught in a downward spiral and Emery will have his work cut out as he looks to address that. If he can get Lichtsteiner to continue spreading his mentality and helping the rest of the squad understand that they are a team and are not fighting against each other for a starting place then it will go a long way.
The Swiss defender hasn’t just been brought in to preach about togetherness, though, and the 34-year-old will be key to the club on the pitch as well. He made his debut on Sunday against Manchester City, coming off the bench for the injured Ainsley Maitland-Niles at left-back and whilst he doesn’t play there by trade, Lichtsteiner had no issues with stepping into the position and looked accomplished there, impressing the fans and his new teammates with his professionalism.
You can read the Gunners’ verdict on Lichsteiner here:
Licht is already becoming my favourite Arsenal player, unselfish player who loves the club and has passion. Can't hate the guy
— Ali (@MagicNketiahnr9) August 15, 2018
You can tell it caught Hector by surprise. I dont think we've had this type of 'spirit' in a long time.
— H_Tek (@HTeklai) August 15, 2018
I have already loved Stephan
— DANG HUU THO (@pemilk93) 15 August 2018
What a signing he's proving to be already. Great mentality that was definitely needed in the dressing room.
— Griffin Schwartz (@DailyDoseOfFntn) August 15, 2018
Just make the man captain already! Elite mentality!
— Ahmed Mokhtar (@g6pdahm7) August 16, 2018
That was a humbling response from Stephan.
— Kiprotich Koskei (@Kiprotichkos) 15 August 2018
Another reason to like Stephan great answer and shows his professionalism
— Irma Fernandez (@irmafernandez) 15 August 2018
The supporters are loving Stephan Lichtseiner and he’s only played one game for the club. He’ll certainly grow on the fans even more and they’ll be a better side for having him.