Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for out-of-contract Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner. The veteran Switzerland international is weighing up his options in Turin, as he can move elsewhere as a free agent this summer.
According to reports from the Metro, the 34-year-old has been in talks with the north London giants for the last few weeks. However, the player himself has admitted that he is not sure there will be any developments before this summer’s World Cup.
Experienced defensive player
Some fans have criticised the move for Lichtsteiner. However, for me, it is a no-brainer signing. The Swiss ace can cover both full-back positions and has a wealth of experience at the top end of the game, at both club and international level.
At this stage of his career, he is unlikely to play every game, as that is unrealistic, but he can definitely be a reliable backup defensive addition.
Back-up for Hector Bellerin
Arsenal’s undisputed first-choice right-back is Spanish international Hector Bellerin, who quite frankly has enjoyed an inconsistent couple of years in an Arsenal shirt. His inconsistent performances have led to his omission from Spain’s squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Speculation persists that the 23-year-old will move on this summer. However, the full-back recently stated that he will be at Arsenal next season.
The Spaniard’s development has rather stalled in north London, but he is still a highly-rated youngish player. He does have talent and potential. He just needs to start showing more of it. Maybe the arrival of a new boss can help him rediscover his best form.
Having a player like Lichtsteiner there pushing him and to learn from can only benefit Bellerin, who needs something to kick-start his career once again in north London.
Lichtsteiner fits a modest budget
Arsenal reportedly are not prepared to spend big this summer, with reports suggesting that an outlay of £50million plus sales is available to sign players.
By Premier League standards, that is chicken feed. It is not likely to get you much quality in these days of inflated prices, so the Gunners have to use their money wisely.
Lichtsteiner joining on a free transfer fits in well with that budget. He is not exactly a marquee signing or one for the long-term, but Arsenal needs to improve their defensive options and he will do just that, despite his advancing years.
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