Ian Wright called new Arsenal right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner “brilliant” after a solid display for Switzerland in their 1-1 draw against Brazil.
The hugely experienced defender is on his way to the Emirates on July 1, on a free transfer from Juventus, and Wright thinks they’ve picked up a serious bargain.
He pointed to how Lichsteiner dealt with the Brazil attack after getting a yellow card in the 56th minute.
One fan said that he thought Lichtsteiner looked slow and Wright responded that he was 34 years old and got no help from Xherdan Shaqiri, up against Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Marcello.
Football Insider verdict:
Gunners fans can be very pleased with Lichtsteiner after his display against Brazil. Despite being 34 he handled the Brazil attack with aplomb and showed that he can still cut it at the very highest level of the game. Arsenal are also getting the benefit of his vast experience, too. He has made 259 appearances for Juventus since signing for £9million from Lille in 2011 and the game last night marked his 101st cap for Switzerland. At 34, he’s getting on a bit, but he still made 32 appearances across all competitions for Juventus last season. He might have been bought primarily as back-up for Hector Bellerin, but on last night’s evidence, it looks like Lichtsteiner could have his eye on a first-team place under Unai Emery. The competition should do Bellerin good too. Lichtsteiner did go off towards the end of the game injured, but it looked like it was a case of cramp more than anything else, and Wrighty was right about one thing – he got no help from Shaqiri last night at all.
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