Confirmed: Experienced defender set to leave Arsenal this summer

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Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has revealed that it would be very tough for him to remain at the Emirates Stadium beyond the summer.

The Swiss defender was one of Unai Emery’s first signings since his arrival at the North London club, however, reports last week reported that the Gunners have passed up the chance to keep the 35-year-old defender at the club.

Lichtsteiner ha joined the Gunner on a one-year contract and after just making 23 appearances this campaign, the 35-year-old thinks it might be time for him to move on from the Gunners.

‘I see it being quite difficult to stay, but we are going to see what happens,’ he said.

‘I don’t know anything. The only important thing is the Europa League final now.

‘I really want to win this cup and bring this club back to the top level, back to the Champions League and winning important titles.’

Former Juventus defender has managed to make only ten Premier League starts this campaign and has failed to make Emery’s matchday squad for the Gunners six Europa League games.

Arsenal take on the Blues in the Europa League final with Champions League qualification, and bragging rights, on the line.

A fifth-place finish in the league saw the Gunners miss out on a Champions League spot, however, a win over their direct Premier League rivals Chelsea would book their place for the next season’s group stage in Europe’s most elite competition.

The Blues have already qualified, however, will be eager to wreck their local rival’s plans for next campaign by pipping them to the Europa League title.