Stephan Lichtsteiner sends parting message to Arsenal fans as he leaves Emirates

Stephan Lichtsteiner sends parting message to Arsenal fans as he leaves Emirates

- Stephan Lichtsteiner has confirmed he is leaving Arsenal in the summer

- The Swiss international joined the Gunners from Juventus just last season

- Lichtsteiner struggled with injuries this season but made 10 starts in the league

Stephan Lichtsteiner has confirmed he will leave Arsenal this summer after spending just a season at the Emirates.

The Swiss international spent one season with the north London club after arriving from Juventus on a free transfer last season.

The 35-year-old has struggled for regular game time, making just 10 Premier League starts despite an injury to first-choice right-back Hector Bellerin.

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Lichtsteiner has admitted previously he may have to move on to extend his career and he has now penned an emotional message to the Gunners support on Instagram.

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"Dear Gunners. We were close to add an important chapter to this amazing club's history. But to be close ... is unfortunately not good enough," he wrote.

"This is hard to accept. I'm very disappointed. It was our objective to bring Arsenal back on the highest international level and to win trophies. Both belong to this great club.

"I wish my teammates, my coach and his staff, all hard-working employees and all Gunner fans simply the best! I'm confident our team can complete our mission next season!

"I loved to be a part of this club. It was a great challenge and experience without a happy end, unfortunately. Thank you very much for your overwhelming support! It was much appreciated!"

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Arsenal midfielder, Mesut Ozil, has indicated his desire to stay at the club, insisting he is happy at North London, despite being repeatedly linked with a move from the Emirates.

The German has endured a difficult campaign with the Gunners this season, with Arsenal boss, Unai Emery often dropping him to the bench. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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