Arsenal Close on Lichtsteiner with More Funds Handed to Emery


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New Arsenal boss Unai Emery is set to land a right-back and a transfer boost, a Daily Telegraph report claims.

The first addition to his Gunners squad is 34-year-old Stephan Lichtsteiner who is leaving Juventus when his contract expires at the end of June. Lichtsteiner visited the Arsenal training complex at Colney for talks with the deal expected to be completed early next week.

Head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and his team identified the Switzerland international as solving two problems the club faced: leadership and cover for Hector Bellerin.

With another Europa League campaign to navigate next season, Emery needs depth added to the squad in several key positions. Landing an experienced international on a free transfer will save the club money at a time when funds are restricted.

Emery received a boost in that direction when majority shareholder Stan Kroenke signed off on additional £20m of funds being made available for his new head coach. Having the taken the job with just £50m available, news of more funding will be welcomed by the former Paris St-Germain coach.

With the key areas of goalkeeper, central defender and defensive midfield to address, the additional funding will be welcomed with his self-confessed aim of taking Arsenal back into the top four.