Confirmed: Arsenal signs Lichtsteiner

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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 head coach 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 his part, Lichtsteiner expressed happiness joining the North Londoners at the Emirates.

“Happy and honoured to be a Gunner! Will work hard and passionately day in and day out to achieve our sportive objectives and to win trophies with this great club,” he said via twitter.

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.