New Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to make experienced Swiss international full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner his first signing at the Emirates Stadium, on a free transfer from Juventus, according to the Evening Standard.
The Standard report says that Emery is looking for experienced leaders and a free transfer for the Juventus right-back is seen as one cut-price way to do exactly that.
It goes on to say that the deal is close as Lichtsteiner has been shown round the Gunners’ training ground at London Colney, although terms are yet to be agreed.
It also says that the Gunners are confident that the deal will be done in the coming days and that Lichtsteiner is seen as a good squad player, as opposed to first-team competition for Hector Bellerin.
Arsenal may have missed out on Allegri from Juventus but Emery has shown with his interest in the Swiss international from the Italian giants that he is a similar character in terms of the transfer market.
The Gunners have lacked leaders for quite a few years now and one way to rectify that is to add experience and a winning mentality to the dressing room without breaking the bank.
However, if Bellerin does pick him an injury, Lichtsteiner does not have it in his legs to do a full season and that’s a worry.