Stephan Lichtsteiner confirms Arsenal exit with emotional message to fans after underwhelming season at Emirates

STEPHAN LICHTSTEINER confirmed he will leave Arsenal this summer by posting a heartfelt message to his fans.

The defender has failed to make his mark at the Emirates since he joined on a free transfer from Juventus in June 2018.

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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. 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! See you Stephan #COYG #WeAreTheArsenal #YaGunnersYa #ThankYou

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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. 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! See you Stephan #COYG #WeAreTheArsenal #YaGunnersYa #ThankYou

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Lichtsteiner made just 23 appearances in all competitions during his one and only season with Arsenal.

To put an end to the speculation, the 35-year-old shared a lengthy message with his 871,000 followers on Instagram.

The Swiss star said: "Dear Gunners, we were close to adding an important chapter to this amazing club's history.

"But to be close… is unfortunately not good enough. 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 team-mates, my coach and his staff, all hard working employees and all Gunner fans simply the best!

"I'm confident our team can compete our mission next season! I loved to be a part of the club.

"It was a great challenge and experience without a happy end, unfortunately.

"Thank you vert much for your overwhelming support! It was much appreciated! See you. Stephan."

Lichtsteiner looked set to cement his squad in the first team after Hector Bellerin suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

But Ainsley Maitland-Niles proved to be the preferred option for Unai Emery this season.

 

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