Stephan Lichtsteiner plays down Arsenal stay


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Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner admits he does not know whether he will still be at the club next season.

The 35-year-old has only been at the club since July after he signed a pre-contract agreement after agreeing to end his seven-year stay at Juventus.

The Switzerland international won the Scudetto seven times before moving to Emirates Stadium but he has barely featured for the Gunners under coach Unai Emery.

Lichtsteiner has made just 12 appearances in the Premier League and he made 21 overall for the club since August.

He signed a one-year deal last summer and talks have begun over an extension but the veteran is unsure on what his next move is as he tries to stay fit ahead of Euro 2020.

“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,” he told Neue Zurcher Zeitung.

“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.”

Arsenal are next in action on Monday 1 April when they take on Newcastle in the Premier League. The Gunners remain 1.40 favourites, while the draw is 4.75 and Newcastle are 8.50 to grab all three points.

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