Arsenal right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner says he would be interested in staying at the Gunners for another season, but is not sure if manager Unai Emery sees him in his first-team plans.
The 35-year-old joined on a free transfer from Juventus last summer, signing a one-year contract, and with his deal months away from expiring, the Swiss international has raised doubts over whether he’ll remain at the London club.
“This will need time. The fact that I play at a top club at the age of 35 says enough. There have been talks [with Arsenal]. We have to see if it suits both sides”
“Arsenal is a big club, I feel very happy. But I want to play regularly with regard to the European Championships. It was okay this year. But if the coach says that he no longer counts on me, I have to worry.”
Lichtsteiner has made 21 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal this season but has not been in a matchday squad since the 2-0 win over Southampton a month ago.
The Gunners’ medical department have not reported an injury to the defender, and the fact that he was called up for Switzerland’s games against Georgia and Denmark this week suggests he is fully fit.
The emergence of Ainsley Maitland-Niles has meant Lichsteiner’s game time has been reduced in recent weeks, but the fact that Emery trusted Shkodran Mustafi to play right-back instead of the Swiss veteran during the recent North London derby hints that Arsenal may be looking to offload the ex Juve player.