Stephan Lichtsteiner says it’s likely that he’ll leave Arsenal when his one-year contract at the Emirates ends in June.
The Swiss was signed on a free transfer from Juventus last summer as back-up to Hector Bellerin but things haven’t really worked out for him.
While the 35-year-old arrived in London off the back of seven Scudettos, he quickly found that experience counts for little when you can’t cope with the pace of the Premier League.
Even when it looked like he might get a run of games in the absence of others, Unai Emery found himself turning to Ainsley Maitland-Niles and even Carl Jenkinson.
With that in mind, it seems unlikely we’ll take up the option to retain him for another 12 months.
“I see it being quite difficult to stay but we are going to see what happens,” Lichtsteiner told the Evening 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.”
Given he’s unlikely to start in the Europa League final, it looks as though he’ll leave the club with one goal and 23 appearances to his name.