Lichtsteiner expected to leave after Europa League final

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Stephan Lichtsteiner has given a hint regarding his future. The 35-year-old right-back joined Arsenal last summer. He had signed a 12-month contract with Arsenal having an option to extend it for another year.

What’s the Story?

Arsenal’s Stephan Lichtsteiner has said it would be “difficult to stay” at Gunners beyond this season.

The Swiss defender only joined Arsenal last summer from Italian giants Juventus. In an interview, he has hinted his Arsenal journey will not go beyond this season.

Interview

“I see it being quite difficult to stay but we are going to see what happens,” he said. “I don’t know anything. The only important thing is the Europa League final now. 

“I really want to win this cup and bring this club back to the top level, back to the Champions League and winning important titles.”

“Five weeks ago, we were in the perfect situation,” he added. “We gave too many easy points in our away games.

“We were also a little bit unlucky but we have to ask more from ourselves. At the end, of course, with so many games and the Europa League and everything, we lost a bit of energy in the last games.”

Heart of the Matter

The Swiss veteran has started 10 Premier League games for Arsenal this season. He was signed as a back-up for Hector Bellerin. Although Unai Emery hasn’t used him much this season.

According to Emery and his staff, Maitland-Niles has been seen as a better alternative to Bellerin rather than Lichtsteiner.

The 35-year-old himself is well aware of this and has already hinted his journey at Arsenal will not go further than this season.

What’s next?

Arsenal has finished fifth in the Premier League table and has missed out on the UEFA Champions League qualification for next season. Although they can still qualify for the Champions League next season.

Arsenal will face Chelsea in Baku in the UEFA Europa League final on 28 May. Win in the final will help Arsenal to qualify for Champions League.

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