Arsenal will reportedly monitor the performances of Switzerland defender Stephan Lichtsteiner during the ongoing World Cup, according to reports in the Mirror.
The 30 year old, who currently plays for Serie A champions Juventus, has a year remaining on his contract and will reportedly cost around £9 million.
The report states that the Gunners used Switzerland-Ecuador World Cup clash to run another check on the Swiss defender. Arsene Wenger is looking for an experienced right back following the loss of Bacary Sagna to Manchester City last week, with Carl Jenkinson the only other senior alternative, but he still has much to develop.
The North London club confirmed earlier this week that Sagna will be leaving the Gunners when his current contract expires on 30 June. The Gunners’ boss has run the rule over various potential replacements, with Toulouse’s Serge Aurier and Southampton teenager Calum Chambers being the most talked about candidates for the vacancy.
He is a great defender and it’s virtually impossible not to admire his physical, energetic style and his athleticism. The committed, high-speed runs he makes tirelessly up and down the flanks and the way he never shies away from a challenge have earned him a reputation as one of the world’s top right backs.
He will also form an important part of the attack, because it’s often one of his lunge-busting surges up the flank that starts off his sides counter attacks. The Gunners defence is chronically thin as they only have 3 recognised centre-backs, with another tipped to leave in Vermaelen. The Londoners not only require reinforcements, but also leading figures who can cope with pressure and take control of the game which Stephan is accustomed doing at Juventus.
He’s now 30, which could be a concern, as Wenger has been notoriously reluctant to invest significantly in players who are in their thirties. £9m for a player of his age in his last year of his contract is simply absurd.
Could he effectively replace Sagna? No. Personally, Serge Aurier seemed an absolute beast down the right flank for Ivory Coast and should perhaps be the primary acquisition for right back. Share your thoughts in the comments below.