Unai Emery believes new signing Stephan Lichtsteiner will improve Arsenal both on and off the pitch

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Lichtsteiner is the first new recruit for Unai Emery's Arsenal.

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery believes new signing Stephan Lichtsteiner will improve the club both on and off the pitch.

The Switzerland captain became the first new recruit since Emery took charge following the departure of Arsene Wenger last month as it was announced on Tuesday he was joining on a free transfer from Juventus.

Lichtsteiner, 34, won the Serie A title in each of his seven years with the Italian giants and signs for the Gunners ahead of leading his country into the World Cup in Russia later this month.

While the signing may not raise the excitement levels among the Arsenal fan-base, Emery feels Lichtsteiner could offer something invaluable to the club moving forwards.

“Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to our squad,” he told Arsenal’s official website.

“He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude. Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.”

Lichtsteiner, who will wear the number 12 shirt and compete with the likes of Hector Bellerin for a place in Emery’s side, is targeting a return to the Champions League with Arsenal – who have failed to qualify for the competition in the last two years.

“It is a great moment for me, after Juventus, to come to Arsenal,” he said.

Lichtsteiner won seven Serie A titles with Juventus.

Lichtsteiner won seven Serie A titles with Juventus.

“It is a project to come back into the Champions League, it is hard not to see a club like Arsenal that is not playing in the Champions League if you see the players, the club, the stadium. The big objective is to come back on the highest level.

“It was a big era under Wenger, he won a lot of titles with Arsenal and did big things, now it is a new moment.

“Wenger went and everything is a bit new so it is a big challenge. He (Emery) is a very good coach and won a lot of titles.

“He is a coach who knows what he wants and who also progresses the players, also the old players like me. I’m really positive we will do great things.”

Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is also reportedly close to agreeing a move to the Emirates Stadium, with Marouane Fellaini also linked with the club.

The Manchester United midfielder is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the month and Press Association Sport understands his representatives have held talks with one of United’s Premier League rivals.

It is believed the Belgium international is currently favouring an exit from United having started just two league games in 2018.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius undergoes head scans in America

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Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius underwent a post-Champions League final scan amid concerns that he had suffered a head trauma following a collision with Sergio Ramos, according to reports.

Karius was badly at fault for two of the three Real Madrid goals as Liverpool lost 3-1 in Kiev on May 26.

But the German goalkeeper was floored by Ramos while defending a corner prior to Madrid’s first goal, and Liverpool’s medical team were concerned about the possibility of Karius suffering a concussion.

Liverpool have declined to comment, but it is reported that Karius has since been examined by a specialist while on holiday in the United States.

Karius flew to the US on holiday after the final and, with Liverpool determined to safeguard the player’s well-being, he visited the specialist Dr Ross Zafonte at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

It is understood Karius has continued his holiday Stateside and will return to Liverpool for pre-season training on July 2, although Jurgen Klopp’s side have been strongly linked with signing a new goalkeeper next season.

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Swansea are set to appoint Graham Potter as their new manager after finalising a compensation package with Swedish club Ostersund for his services.

Englishman Potter has been in charge of Ostersund since December 2010, but the 43-year-old will complete a move to Wales early next week.

“Swansea City can confirm a compensation package has been finalised with Ostersund for the services of Graham Potter,” said a club statement.

“The club has also agreed personal terms with Potter along with his assistant Billy Reid and recruitment analyst Kyle Macauley, who are set to join him at the Liberty.”

Swansea’s seven-year stay in the Premier League came to an end last month after three seasons of turmoil at the club. Portugal’s Carlos Carvalhal was in charge when they went down.

Ostersund boss Potter is set to become Swansea’s sixth manager in four years amid a backdrop of fans’ unrest with the board.

Potter, who played for Stoke and West Brom, took over at Ostersund in December 2010 and has guided them from the fourth to the top tier in Sweden.

Ostersund won the Swedish Cup in 2017 to qualify for this season’s Europa League, reaching the last 32 before losing 4-2 on aggregate to Arsenal.

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