Arsenal signs Lichtsteiner on free from Juve

Arsenal transfer news Unai Emery has been told to improve the club's defence this summer

GETTY Arsenal transfer news Unai Emery has been told to improve the club's defence this summer

Emery has started to build his own squad at Arsenal after taking over from Arsene Wenger last month.

And Emery feels Lichtsteiner could offer something invaluable to the club moving forwards.

"Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to our squad", said Unai Emery of his new signing.

Check out Lichtsteiner's first interview below and in the video above.

It's a great moment.

As for what attracted him to north London, Lichtsteiner said: "There is a project".

There is a project.

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Lichtsteiner has already endeared himself to Gunners fans after being part of the Juve side that knocked out Spurs in the Champions League in March in the round of 16. In attacking play Arsenal remain one of the better sides in the Premier League, but year on year their back line tends to let them down and that appears to be being addressed.

Arsenal seemed completely inept when called upon to defend in the recently concluded season in which they ended up conceding over 60 goals; more than in any of the previous 5 years.

"I've had three seasons at TFC [Toulouse], three seasons where we fought to stay up".

How would you describe your playing style?

He moved to Juventus in 2011 and, in addition to his seven league titles, won the Coppa Italia a further four times. How important is it to have someone of your experience in the dressing room, to guide some of the younger players?

"But I still have two years on my Juventus contract and I want to respect that".

Arsenal have been eyeing defensive signings in the market and were eager to sign the experienced defender from the time it was revealed he would be released by Juventus.

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