Legendary Arsenal right back Stephan Lichtsteiner has revealed why he rebuffed offers from some clubs to sign for Arsenal, according to reports.
Lichtsteiner joined Arsenal as a free agent in the summer but he has not been featured regularly by Unai Emery in the first team of the side.
The 34-year-old star is currently one of the most experienced and reliable defenders in Europe and he has played for several top class teams in Europe including Lille, Lazio and Juventus.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s showdown with Newcastle United, the Swiss international has revealed why he prefers Arsenal.
“I could have changed to five other clubs in the summer, knowing that I would certainly play 47 out of 50 serious matches,” Lichtsteiner told the 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. “It is quite unusual for me to be a substitute. Three games in a row [on the bench], that’s never happened to me. “If you have achieved a lot in your career, you have high expectations of yourself and want to play but I also know that I will get the chance to play games.”
Lichtsteiner is now 35 years old and was asked whether he had any plans to retire.
“If I have to admit that I can not keep the level of the last few years, then it is time. 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.”