‘I see it being quite difficult to stay’: Stephan Lichtsteiner expects to leave Arsenal after Europa League final
- Right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner is expected to leave Arsenal this summer
- Lichsteiner has started just 19 games this season for Unai Emery’s Arsenal side
- He is behind Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the pecking order
- Lichtsteiner will hope to end with a flourish vs Chelsea in Europa League final
Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner is set to leave Arsenal this summer after admitting it will be ‘quite difficult to stay’.
Lichtsteiner, who joined the Gunners on a free from Juventus last year, has started only 19 times in all competition this season and has become frustrated with a lack of game time.
The 35-year-old joined on a one-year deal with the an option for the club to extend by another 12 months but the Swiss right-back remains behind Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the pecking order.
Stephan Lichtsteiner admits it will be ‘quite difficult to stay’ at Arsenal beyond this season
‘I see it being quite difficult to stay but we are going to see what happens,’ Lichtsteiner told the Standard.
‘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.’
Despite missing out on top four, Lichtsteiner and Arsenal’s season isn’t yet over as they get ready to take on Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku on May 29.
Lichtsteiner has started just 19 games for the Gunners in all competitions this season
Arsenal need to win in Azerbaijan to secure a Champions League spot next season and Lichtsteiner knows the importance of victory against their London rivals after a disappointing end to the Premier League.
‘It is hard,’ said Lichtsteiner. ‘Five weeks ago, we were in the perfect situation. We gave too many easy points in our away games. We were also a little bit unlucky but we have to ask more from ourselves.
‘At the end, of course, with so many games and the Europa League and everything, we lost a bit of energy in the last games.’