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Lichtsteiner voted Arsenal’s second-worst defensive signing in the last 20 years

ARSENAL fans believe Gunnersaurus should play ahead of Stephan Lichtsteiner, but still don’t think he’s the club’s worst defensive signing in the last 20 years.

The Swiss star, 35, was slammed for his disastrous display during Sunday’s shocking 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.

Lichtsteiner has been called up to Unai Emery’s first team to fill the void left by injured defender Hector Bellerin.

But Arsenal fans have already seen enough of the former Juventus star after all three goals against City came down his side of the pitch.

One said: “Look on the bright side – this is exactly the type of opportunity Gunnersaurus needed to break into first-team football.

“This is definitely going to benefit him and the team as a whole in the long run.”

While another brutally added: “We got Lichtsteiner on a free transfer and we’ve still been robbed.”

A SunSport poll revealed 32 per cent of fans believe he is the club’s worst defensive signing in the past 20 years.

But Sebestien Squillaci – who played 23 times for the Gunners after joining from Sevilla for around £4million in 2010 – received the most votes with 33 per cent.

Some ten per cent thought Latvia defender Igors Stepanovs, who cost just £1.35m from Skonto in 2000, was the worst value for money, while Pascal Cygan, Philippe Senderous, Johan Djourou and Gabriel Paulista were all also in the running.

After last month’s win over Cardiff, Lichtsteiner was accused of being the worst footballer some fans have ever seen.

Sky Sports pundit and Arsenal legend Alex Scott also ripped into the 35-year-old after his performance at the Etihad.

She said: “He’s all over the place. He doesn’t know when to go and close down his player.

“He’s leaving… a bit half-a**** and that’s why between him and [Alex] Iwobi, they’re getting popped down this side.”

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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