Arsenal legend Paul Mariner has said that he is not entirely excited by the signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner. The Switzerland international became the Gunners’ first signing under new boss Unai Emery but Mariner does not believe the defender will make a mark after having entered the twilight of his professional career.
Speaking to ESPN, he said: “Well, yeah, incredible. Look, 2012, 2014, absolutely, sign him tomorrow.One of the best wing-backs that we have seen for a long, long time. Up and down for fun, putting balls in the box, defending well. On a free transfer, what is he, 34, 35 now? He’s had heart surgery, I’m assuming he’s still okay.If he comes in it will be as backup to Bellerin, be in the squad.Unai Emery, one of his first signings, am I excited? No. Will it possibly work as a free?Why not?”
With Arsene Wenger being given a two-year deal despite the outcry of many Arsenal fans, there is, at least, a sense of urgency felt around the club again; they want to send out their longtime boss out on a high. To bring Wenger some final success as a Gunner, the club knows that it needs to make marquee signings, as they have done with Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, but it will be more crucial to keep their star players.
Two rumour mills that have been spinning this summer have been that of right-back Hector Bellerin and forward Alexis Sanchez. Luckily, despite renewed interest, Barcelona have been unable to land Bellerin despite spending as much as €56 million
on trying to fill their Dani Alves-sized hole. Delayed by his extended summer break – following participation in the Confederations Cup with Chile – Alexis Sanchez remains a Gunner despite being pursued by big clubs around Europe. Continue reading