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Lichtsteiner heading to Augsburg 0

Posted on August 20, 2019 by Harry Kettle

As reported by BBC, Stephan Lichsteiner has officially completed his move to German side Augsburg over in the Bundesliga. The 35 year old veteran had been in search of a new club after leaving Arsenal earlier on in the summer transfer window, making 23 appearances for the club in the process. While he didn’t exactly blow the roof off of the Emirates during his time here, though, we’d say it’s safe to suggest that Gunners fans are wishing him all the best for what lies ahead.

“For me this step is exactly the challenge that I wanted after my trip to England,” he said.

Very difficult to stay at Arsenal – Lichtsteiner 0

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Speaking in an exclusive interview given to Evening Standard journalist James Olley, Stephan Lichtsteiner admitted that staying at the Emirates past this summer would be “very difficult”.

The 35-year-old defender arrived on a free transfer from Juventus last summer, and having made 23 appearances in all competitions (19 starts) and scoring a single goal, it looks like the upcoming Europa League final against Chelsea will be the last game which he might be involved in as an Arsenal player. The contract he signed upon arrival was one set to last one year, with the club having an option to extend it for another 12 months. Lichtsteiner himself doesn’t expect that to happen at the moment, and Standard’s sources apparently feel the same way.

The summer overhaul – looking ahead 1

Posted on May 07, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

With Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck leaving Arsenal next month, there may be more players walking towards the exit door after them. The stance that the squad isn’t of sufficient quality to compete for the top of the Premier League and that an overhaul is badly needed can hardly be argued against at this point, especially given that the Gunners failed to beat Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates on Sunday and have practically lost all hope of finishing within the top four.

Lichtsteiner unsure of Arsenal future 0

Posted on March 22, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

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.

Arsenal linked with a move for Manchester United star 0

Posted on March 20, 2019 by David Nugent

According to the father and agent of Manchester United star Antonio Valencia, Arsenal are a summer option for the Ecuadorian this summer. Luis Valencia has revealed that his son will definitely leave the Red Devils in the summer when his contract in Manchester expires.

Valencia has many summer options

Valencia senior told Ecuadorian El Universo: “He definitely will not continue in Manchester. He wants a change in the air and the club is not going to renew him either. Like everything in life, everything comes to an end.”

Hector Bellerin will be a big loss to Arsenal 0

Posted on January 21, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal are waiting on news of the severity of the injury picked up by Hector Bellerin in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea. The full-back went down holding his knee and the fears are that the injury is a serious one that will sideline him until at least the end of the season.

Bellerin is due to have a scan which will tell the north London club more about the injury and how long he will be sidelined. The 23-year-old had only just returned to the team after injury.

Emery needs funds – Wright 0

Posted on December 31, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Having spent six years with Crystal Palace, Ian Wright joined Arsenal in 1991, where he would spend the following seven seasons. He made a total of 288 appearances and scored 185 goals in all competitions for the Gunners, and many consider him to be a true Arsenal legend. Currently working as a television pundit for BBC, BT Sport and ITV Sport, the former striker spoke his mind about what he saw on Saturday at Anfield.

Wright was far from impressed by the individual displays in various areas of the pitch, and it is his belief that Arsenal need to acquire upgrades on three or four members of the team that started the game against Liverpool.

Emery speaks ahead of Europa League opener 0

Posted on September 19, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are set to face Ukranian side Vorskla at the Emirates in their first European game of the season on Thursday evening, and manager Unai Emery spoke to the press ahead of the clash.

Changes in the team?

Although, like every season, Arsenal play in four competitions, the best 11 players will take to the pitch as the manager believes it’s all about improving both tactically and individually at this point. It seemed as Emery was announcing a line-up pretty much the same as the one he’s been fielding in the Premier League, but then he made things a bit clearer.

Lichtsteiner’s bold claim 0

Posted on September 11, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Over the course of the summer Arsenal brought in a series of players in order to try and bolster their ranks ahead of the new season. Some were more notable than others, with arguably the biggest ‘name’ so to speak being Stephan Lichtsteiner. The defender has done a solid enough job during his first few weeks with the Gunners, while not quite being able to get as much game time as he initially desired, and he’ll be hoping that he can continue to fight for his place as the months go on.

Lichtsteiner’s presence at Arsenal can help Hector Bellerin 0

Posted on September 11, 2018 by David Nugent

When veteran Switzerland international Stephan Lichtsteiner joined Arsenal from Juventus as a free agent in the summer, most Gunners fans assumed that he would be back-up for first-choice right-back Hector Bellerin.

Expecting competition

True to form, that is what has happened, as the new arrival has played just 55 minutes as a substitute in the Gunners season opener against Manchester City. The 34-year-old was expecting to compete with Bellerin for the right-back spot.

He told the Standard: “I could have changed to five other clubs in the summer, knowing that I would certainly play 47 out of 50 serious matches,”

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