No one could have seen this coming, but it very much looks like Unai Emery’s first signing as Arsenal boss could be a 34yr old free transfer.

In what could have been a typical Wenger move, the Gunners have been heavily linked with former Juventus stalwart Stephan Lichtsteiner, and the Swiss defender is seen as excellent backup for Hector Bellerin at right-back.

Not only this, but with the ample experience the defender has, he would add to the levels of leadership that are severely lacking in our ranks right now.

Lichsteiner’s age is the one drawback, but his metronome-like runs down the right flank have been a mainstay in Juve’s side for the past seven seasons. So much so, his stamina and blazing runs have seen him given the moniker, the Swiss Express.

The Swiss international will be making his way to Russia with his national team, so negotiations may be slow, but terms could well have already been agreed, with Lichtsteiner having been seen at London Colney last week. With the defender being out of contract, it makes negotiations a lot easier without a club to barter with over a transfer fee.

Hector Bellerin has just been given the Number 2 jersey, signifying he will again be the first choice right back in the squad, but his backup options last season were limited.

Calum Chambers is very much a centre-back now, and with Ainsley Maitland-Niles having cemented himself as a defensive midfielder with some impressive displays last season, it means that we could really benefit from what Lichtsteiner could bring to the table.

This could already be wrapped up, so keep your eyes on The Arsenal Review.