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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Arsenal sign Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus as Unai Emery completes first transfer

Switzerland captain joins the Premier League club on a free transfer from the Italian champions

Stephan Lichtsteiner, left, will captain Switzerland at the 2018 World Cup ahead of joining Arsenal. Manuel Queimadelos Alonso / Getty Images
Stephan Lichtsteiner, left, will captain Switzerland at the 2018 World Cup ahead of joining Arsenal. Manuel Queimadelos Alonso / Getty Images

Arsenal have signed Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Italian champions Juventus on a free transfer, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old made more than 250 appearances for Juve, winning the Serie A title in each of his seven seasons at the club. He was named captain of Switzerland in 2016 and has earned 99 caps for his country.

He is new Arsenal manager Unai Emery's first signing since taking over from Arsene Wenger last month.

"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," Emery said in a statement on the Arsenal website.

Lichtsteiner began his senior career at Swiss club Grasshoppers Zurich in 2001 and played for Lille in France, as well as Lazio in Italy before joining Juventus in 2011.