Arsenal summer signing spoke about retirement from football

Stephan Lichtsteiner has spoken about retirement having struggled for playing time under Unai Emery. The veteran defender moved to Emirates on a free transfer from Juventus this season.

The Swiss right-back could prove vital for the north London club this season with Emery adapting a play from the back style.

But while Stephan Lichtsteiner admits he is not familiar with not playing, retirement isn’t yet in mind.

“I could have changed to five other clubs in the summer, knowing that I would certainly play 47 out of 50 serious matches,” the defender told Swiss publication Sportal.

“It doesn’t irritate me, as in 2011, when I moved to Juventus, I wanted to join a big club. I was looking for a demanding challenge in a new league.

“That’s why I knew from the very beginning at Arsenal that I had to fight for the regular spot against Hector Bellerin. For me, stepping down has never been up for debate. If I have to admit that I can not keep the level of the last few years, then it is time.

“But then I will not only resign from the Swiss national team, but finish my career. Based purely on performance data I have the physicality of a 28-year-old.

“It is quite unusual for me to be a substitute. Three games in a row [on the bench], that’s never happened to me.”

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