Gunners snap up Lichtsteiner

05 June 2018 12:49:18 EST

Arsenal are to sign former Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner on free-transfer.

The 34-year-old was out of contract at the Serie A champions at the end of the season and has signed a deal to move to England ahead of captaining Switzerland at World Cup 2018 in Russia.

He becomes the first signing since Unai Emery's appointment as Arsene Wenger's replacement at the Emirates.

Lichtsteiner moved to Juventus in 2011 and won seven successive league titles at the Turin club.

It is hard not to see a club like Arsenal that is not playing in the Champions League.

Stephan Lichtsteiner

He says is excited to be joining Arsenal and has immediately set the target of getting the Gunners back into the Champions League, the stage on which he suggests they belong.

Lichtsteiner told his new club's official website: "It is a great moment for me, after Juventus, to come to Arsenal.

"It is a project to come back into the Champions League, it is hard not to see a club like Arsenal that is not playing in the Champions League if you see the players, the club, the stadium.

"The big objective is to come back on the highest level."

Switzerland face Brazil in their World Cup 2018 opener on 17th June. They'll also tackle Serbia and Costa Rica in Group E.

Brazil are 1/1000 to be group winners, with the Swiss 1000/1 and Costa Rica priced at 1000/1 to repeat their feat of topping the group four years ago ahead of Uruguay, Italy and England.

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