Stephan Lichtsteiner became the first signing of Unai Emery’s tenure, joining Arsenal from Juventus as a free agent. Lichtsteiner won the Serie A title in each of the seven seasons he was at Juve, and Arsenal fans would happy to see something similar happen now he is in N5. An experienced right-sided defender, Lichtsteiner made over 250 appearances for Juventus, and is the fourth-most capped player in Switzerland history with 99 appearances for his country. He has also been the Swiss captain since 2016.

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.” Lichtsteiner will wear the number 12 shirt.

He 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.

“It’s a great moment. It’s great for me after Juventus to come to Arsenal and have this big challenge to make big things (happen) with this big club, said Lichtsteiner.

“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. 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.”