November 24, 2020

Robert Pires backs Stephan Lichtsteiner to be an important signing for Arsenal

Robert Pires rates Arsenal's move for 'warrior' Stephan Lichtsteiner
Stephan Lichtsteiner has signed a short-team deal with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Robert Pires has backed Stephan Lichtsteiner to develop into a key player for Arsenal following his move from Juventus.

The Switzerland international spent the best part of a decade in Turin and helped Juve win seven Serie A titles.

He confirmed earlier in the season that he would not be signing a contract extension, however, and joined the Gunners this week on a free transfer.

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Lichtsteiner became Unai Emerys first signing as the new Arsenal manager and Pires believes he will flourish at the Emirates.

I met Stephan and I think this is a good player for Arsenal, Pires told Goal at the Arsenal 2018-19 away kit launch event in London.

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Some people are talking about the age, but I dont care about this.

Robert Pires rates Arsenal's move for 'warrior' Stephan Lichtsteiner
Robert Pires met Arsenals new signing this week (Picture: Getty)

If hes ready and wants to help Arsenal then hes a good solution for Arsenal and Unai Emery.

We need a player like him because he will bring spirit and is a very good professional.

Hes a good warrior on the field so thats why its an important signing for Arsenal.

Robert Pires rates Arsenal's move for 'warrior' Stephan Lichtsteiner
Pires believes the Switzerland star will be an important player for Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)

Lichtsteiner, who signed a short-term deal with the Gunners, will provide competition and cover for right-back Hector Bellerin.

Asked why he decided to leave Juventus and sign for the Premier League club, the 34-year-old said: There is a project to come back in the Champions League.

I think its hard to see a club like Arsenal not playing in the Champions League if you see the players, club and stadium. The big objective is to come back on the highest level.

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