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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Swiss international Stephan Lichtsteiner on a Bosman transfer.
The 34-year-old is expected to officially join the club once his contract with Juventus expires at the end of the month.
Earlier this week, the Switzerland international had stressed that he had no agreement in place with the north London side but it now appears that the right-back was waiting for a formal announcement from the Gunners themselves.
Lichtsteiner is likely to play second fiddle to Hector Bellerin at right-back for the 2018/19 campaign but the Swiss’ experience could count for the big occasion where Bellerin has tended to falter with the defensive side of his game.
On the other side, the Swiss could also mentor Bellerin on the weaker aspects including his tackling and the final delivery into the box which has been pretty average over the past 18 months.
Lichtsteiner becomes the first signing in the post-Arsene Wenger era and the Swiss’ arrival gives a clear evidence of the club’s approach under head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.
Here is how Lichtsteiner reacted on Twitter:
Since the turn of the year, there has been more focus of pursuing ready-made with rich experience for the positions but this has not entirely ignored the importance of young recruits.