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STEPHAN LICHTSTEINER is quickly becoming a firm favourite among Arsenal fans since his arrival from Juventus.
Lichtsteiner became Unai Emery’s first signing this summer, joining the Gunners on a free transfer from Juventus following the expiry of his contract with the Italian champions.
The veteran defender was brought in to bolster Emery’s defensive options and provide some competition to Hector Bellerin for the right-back position.
Bellerin has come under criticism for some questionable performances in recent months and was widely linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer.
However, the Spaniard is determined to become Emery’s first-choice right-back, and he reiterated his aim in a one-to-one chat with fellow defender Lichtsteiner.
“Obviously I have my plan to be the starting right-back, what is your plan to be it?” Bellerin asked Lichtsteiner in an interview on Arsenal’s social media channels.
And Lichtsteiner’s response to Bellerin’s question was brilliant.
“We are a team,” he said. “It’s not Hector against Stephan, it’s Hector and Stephan for Arsenal.
“There are so many games, so I just need to be ready for each game I have to play and win with my team – with our team – to win the games and win the titles and try and come back to the Champions League.
“The most important thing is to be ready.”
And fans were quick to laud Lichtsteiner for his comments.
“Licht is already becoming my favourite Arsenal player, unselfish player who loves the club and has passion. Can’t hate the guy,” one fan wrote.
Another said: “Brilliantly answered by Lichtsteiner.”
“What a signing he’s proving to be already. Great mentality that was definitely needed in the dressing room,” a third supporter wrote.
A fourth fan simply said: “F*****g love lichtsteiner already