Unai Emery has been active and vocal since the day he joined Arsenal as the new head boss. And now, the Emirates side have announced the name of Emery’s first recruit in the Gunners squad.
During the first press conference, the new Arsenal manager revealed that he has plans to continue the legacy Arsene Wenger left. Earlier this month, the Premier League giants brought in Javi Garcia, one of Emery’s reliable backroom staff, as the new goalkeeping coach. Today, the club have announced that Switzerland star Stephan Lichsteiner will join the Arsenal squad as their first new player of 2018/19.
Lichtsteiner has been a valuable member of the Swiss national side, and will also lead the country in the FIFA World Cup 2018.
During his 17 year long illustrious club career, Lichtsteiner played for Grasshopper, Lille, Lazio and Juventus. His last stint with the Italian giants lasted seven years in which he won seven Serie A titles, three Supercopa and four Coppa Italia.
The 34 year old is primarily a right back, and his runs down the flank are brilliant. He is a fabulous crosser of the ball and is always a threat in transition. Throughout his career, along with showing immense defensive prowess, he also recorded a few goals to his name. Lichtsteiner can also play as a right midfielder, and that would provide more flexibility to his boss to fit him in the lineup, given that Arsenal already have a fast right wingback in Hector Bellerin.
While talking to official Arsenal website, Lichtsteiner was jubilant. He said, “It is a great moment for me, after Juventus, to come to Arsenal. It is a project to come back into the Champions League, it is hard not to see a club like Arsenal that is not playing in the Champions League if you see the players, the club, the stadium. The big objective is to come back on the highest level.”
Unai Emery also revealed his appreciation for the fullback. The boss commented, “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.”
It remains to see whether the experienced 34 year old can be effective in the fast-paced Premier League, but he surely has the qualities. Let us now take a glimpse at the skills of the new Arsenal signing: