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Lichtsteiner set to leave Arsenal

Veteran defender Stephan Lichtsteiner is set to depart the Emirates this summer.

The 35-year old Swiss international joined Arsenal on a one-year deal last summer from Juventus, with his contract including an option for the club to extend his stay by a further year.

However, it looks almost certain that Lichtsteiner will be released after the Europa Cup final, with the player himself saying “I see it being quite difficult to stay but we are going to see what happens”.

Lichtsteiner was Emery’s first signing as Arsenal manager, but the move to North London has not proved an unqualified success. He only started 19 games in the season that has just ended, mainly in the cup competitions, and he has struggled to cope with the pace and physicality of the Premier League.

Ostensibly a back-up to Hector Bellerin, he has found his place taken, in the Spaniard’s absence through injury, by auxiliary midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

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