Various reports today say that Arsenal will sign Stephan Lichtsteiner on a one year deal, with an option for an extension should they choose to take that up.
The 34 year old Swiss international is available on a free transfer when his contract with Juventus expires, and he would provide back-up to Hector Bellerin as well as adding some experience to the squad.
Lichtsteiner adds not just the wisdom that comes with age, but also a track record of winning things, including 7 Serie A titles with Juve, the Coppa Italia four times, and Swiss league title with Grasshoppers – as well as almost 100 international caps.
Known for his beautiful singing voice, which teammates have likened to ‘angels serenading the very essence of nature itself’, his arrival seems to indicate that the new football executive structure at Arsenal – the IRS* – plus new head coach Unai Emery want to address the age profile of our defenders.
There’s a lot of youth and potential, but not enough ‘Been there, done that, worn the t-shirt’.
Some of them have been there; some of them have done that (or something closely approximating that – although Meatloaf said he would do anything but that if put in the same position); and some of them have worn t-shirts – particularly Hector Bellerin who is set to launch a range of sleeveless tops made from the fur of roadkill foxes and badgers – but very few have combined all three, which goes a long way to explain the Gunners sixth place finish last season.
Does it though? Does it really explain that? Well, it does if you want it to, and that’s all that matters. And if you don’t want to believe it, that’s fine. The world will keep turning. Probably.
Unless it falls out of the milky way and plummets into a new and weird galaxy where things actually make more sense than they do right now.
*IRS = Ivan, Raul, Sven