As reported by The Daily Mail, Arsenal are on the verge of signing Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer after the expiry of his contract from Juventus.
The 34-year-old has been locked in discussions with the Gunners since last week, according to the paper, with a one-year deal in place to make the move to London.
Now he could become the first signing of the Unai Emery era at the Emirates Stadium.
The Mail say that Arsenal have beaten Borussia Dortmund to his signature, with the player set to act as cover for Hector Bellerin.
On a free transfer, signing Lichtsteiner has zero risk and he ticks plenty of boxes that could make him an effective signing on a short-term basis.
A 98-cap international with Switzerland, the veteran has vast experience at the top level, not just with Juventus but the likes of Lazio and French side Lille too. He has over 550 professional appearances to his name. That kind of pedigree can prove priceless in a team that is expected to win every week and win trophies.
It may not be the glamorous star signing that Arsenal fans expect, but he’s a born competitor and will add an edge to Arsenal’s lightweight defence when he plays, providing much needed competition and depth to the right flank, where Bellerin was arguably coasting last season.
This is a solid move in all respects.