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Lichtsteiner: it will be difficult to stay at Arsenal

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Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has hinted on a possible exit after admitting it will be quite difficult to stay.

Lichtsteiner, moved to the Emirates on a free from Juventus last year, but hasn’t featured a lot with only 19 games under his belt.

The 35-year-old joined on a one-year deal with the option for the club to extend by another 12 months but the Swiss right-back remains behind Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the pecking order.

“I see it being quite difficult to stay but we are going to see what happens,’ Lichtsteiner told the 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.”

Arsenal missed out on top four via the League route, however, could still seal a Champions League ticket if they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku on May 29.

“It is hard,’ said Lichtsteiner. ‘Five weeks ago, we were in the perfect situation. We gave too many easy points in our away games. We were also a little bit unlucky but we have to ask more from ourselves.

“At the end, of course, with so many games and the Europa League and everything, we lost a bit of energy in the last games.”