LONDON, England- Swiss international defender Stephan Lichtsteiner is joining Arsenal FC from Juventus FC, the club confirmed on Tuesday.
Stephan signed as a free agent from the Serie A club, where he won the title in each of his seven seasons.
A hugely-experienced right-sided defender, Stephan made over 250 appearances for Juventus and is the fourth-most capped player in Switzerland history with 99 appearances for his country and has been the Swiss captain since 2016.
Stephan, who will wear the No 12 shirt and have his surname on his shirt.
“It’s a great moment. It’s a great for me after Juventus to come to Arsenal and have this big challenge to make big things [happen] with this big club.
“There is a project. There is a project to come back into the Champions League. I think it’s hard to see a club like Arsenal not playing in the Champions League,” Stephan told the club’s television in his first interview after becoming Arsenal’s first signing of the summer.
“If you see the players, if you see the club, the stadium… it’s the project, the big opportunity to get back to the highest level,” he added after being unveiled at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground.
Head coach Unai Emery said: “Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to our squad. He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude. Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.”
Stephan, 34, started his senior career in 2001 with Swiss club Grasshopper Zurich, where he won the league title in 2003.
He played in France with Lille for three years before moving to Lazio in Italy in 2008, where he won the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana before moving to Juventus in 2011.
The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.
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