Arsenal full-back revealed he is leaving Emirates in summer

Stephan Lichtsteiner has revealed it would be very difficult for him to stay at Emirates beyond the summer.

The Switzerland international was one of Unai Emery’s first signings as Arsenal manager, but reports last week suggested the Gunners have passed up the chance to keep the defender at the club.

Stephen Lichtsteiner joined Arsenal on a one-year deal and after just 23 appearances this season, the 35-year-old thinks it might be time to move on. ‘I see it being quite difficult to stay, but we are going to see what happens,’ he said.

‘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.’

The defender has managed just ten Premier League starts this season and has failed to make Unai Emery’s matchday squad for the Gunners’ last six Europa League matches.

The North London club take on Chelsea in the Europa League final with Champions League qualification, and bragging rights, on the line.

A fifth-place finish in the league saw Unai Emery’s men miss out on a Champions League spot, but a win over the city rivals would book their place in next season’s top European competition.

Maurizio Sarri’s team have already qualified, but will be eager to wreck the Blues’ plans for next season by pipping them to the Europa League trophy.