Arsenal right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has confirmed that he will be leaving the club in the summer, and is set to follow Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck out of the Emirates exit door.
The Swiss captain was Unai Emery’s first signing as Arsenal boss last summer but after making 23 appearances in all competitions, he has been told that the club have decided not to exercise their option to extend his one-year contract for a further 12 months.
Lichtsteiner joined the club on a short-term contract in order to provide back-up and competition for Hector Bellerin but, after the Spaniard picked-up a season ending injury against Manchester United in the FA Cup, it was Ainsley Maitland-Niles who won the competition to take his place, and not the former Juventus star, widely perceived as too old and slow at 35 years old to cope with the pace and the physicality of the Premier League.
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