STEPHAN LICHTSTEINER is leaving Arsenal after one season — and he may very well be adopted by Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal.
Gunners boss Unai Emery is planning a significant shake-up of his dodgy defence after lacking out on Champions League qualification.
He needs to revert to a again 4 at Arsenal subsequent season after his experiment of enjoying with a three-man defence did not plug the leaks.
And that may imply massive adjustments to a defence which conceded 70 objectives in all competitions final season.
Swiss defender Lichtsteiner, 35, who has 105 worldwide caps, was signed as a free agent from Juventus final summer time on a one-year contract with the choice of an additional 12 months.
However Emery has determined to not take up that possibility on a right-back who barely performed even when Hector Bellerin suffered a severe knee harm in January.
Lichtsteiner mentioned: “I liked being part of this membership. It was an amazing expertise and not using a completely satisfied ending.
“We had been near including an essential chapter to this wonderful membership’s historical past. However to be shut is sadly not ok.
“That’s arduous to simply accept and I’m very dissatisfied.
“It was our goal to convey Arsenal again to the best worldwide degree and to win trophies.
“I want my team-mates, coach and all Gunners followers the perfect.”
Ramsey, Cech and Welbeck have already gone in exodus
Lichtsteiner turns into the fourth member of Emery’s squad to depart after Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck all reached the tip of their contracts.
Ramsey has gone to Juventus, whereas Cech is rumoured to be returning to Chelsea as sporting director.
I liked being part of this membership. It was an amazing expertise and not using a completely satisfied ending.
Captain Koscielny, 33, will even be allowed to go away this summer time having yet another yr of his contract to run.
The Frenchman missed the primary 4 months of final season following surgical procedure to a ruptured Achilles.
Monreal prolonged his contract to 2020 in March, however Emery can also be ready to let the 33-year-old Spaniard go away if he will get a good supply.
Failure to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League will price the membership greater than £50million in misplaced TV and sponsorship cash.
Arsenal’s run to the Europa League last generated simply £32m however quite a few the membership’s sponsorship offers are depending on Champions League soccer.
Emery could have simply £45m for brand spanking new signings plus any income he can increase by promoting gamers who don’t determine in his long-term plans.
He has been linked with a transfer for Sampdoria’s £25m-rated Danish centre-half Joachim Andersen.