Stephan Lichtsteiner has apparently announced that he will be departing the Emirates this summer, just a year after joining Arsenal.
The veteran was limited to just 23 appearances this past season, notwithstanding hopes that his experience and ability to offer quality depth would be an important benefit for the Gunners.
Having only signed a one-year contract, it looks as though the 35-year-old will be leaving for another challenge next term, as he has taken to Instagram to bid goodbye to Gooners in a classy statement, as seen below.
The Gunners will be absent from the Champions League for a third consecutive year, and that will be a huge setback for them on and off the pitch.
And with Lichtsteiner seemingly limited to a mere back-up role, particularly when Hector Bellerin recovers from injury next season, it’s arguably a sensible decision for all concerned to part ways.
No official announcement from Arsenal yet, but based on his remark below coupled with the fact that his contract is set to lapse at the end of the month, it looks as though Lichtsteiner has confirmed his future plans.
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Dear Gunners We were close to add an important chapter to this amazing club's history. But to be close … is unfortunately not good enough. This is hard to accept. I'm very disappointed. It was our objective to bring Arsenal back on the highest international level and to win trophies. Both belong to this great club. I wish my teammates, my coach and his staff, all hard-working employees and all Gunner fans simply the best! I'm confident our team can complete our mission next season! I loved to be a part of this club. It was a great challenge and experience without a happy end, unfortunately. Thank you very much for your overwhelming support! It was much appreciated! See you Stephan #COYG #WeAreTheArsenal #YaGunnersYa #ThankYou
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