Stephan Lichtsteiner is uncertain of staying at Arsenal past the upcoming transfer window.
The experienced Swiss defender arrived to the Emirates last summer from Juventus as a free agent to boost the options for the newly appointed manager Unai Emery, and at the time it certainly seemed like a shrewd piece of business for both the club and the player.
However, his performances in the absence of Hector Bellerin have been rather poor, occasionally bordering on catastrophic. His errors have been known to lead to goals conceded, and turned out rather costly for Arsenal in terms of points. Emery has therefore recently preferred to use centre-back Shkodran Mustafi as the right-back, knowing full well that he would be sacrificing attacking input from the right flank in order to gain some defensive stability.
The situation is, naturally, not to the liking of the 35-year-old. There were reports about his international retirement following last year’s World Cup in Russia where his Switzerland reached the round of 16 before getting eliminated at the hands of Sweden, but now it seems he is keen to play on for his country, hoping to get picked for the potential Euro 2020 expedition. In order for that to happen, he needs regular game-time, and if Emery isn’t willing to give it to him, he would be prepared to look for it elsewhere, despite saying he is happy in north London.
Talks about a new contract with the club are apparently underway, but Lichtsteiner is far from certain on whether he wants to commit to it or not.
“This will need time. The fact that I play at a top club at the age of 35 says enough. There have been talks [with Arsenal]. We have to see if it suits both sides,” he told Neue Zurcher Zeitung, as relayed by Sky Sports.