The Switzerland international has yet to start a game for his new club despite arriving from Juventus in the summer
Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has rubbished suggestions he’s considering retirement from the game.
The 34-year-old arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Juventus on a free transfer this summer but is yet to start a game under Unai Emery.
Hector Bellerin is the first choice right-back at Arsenal with Lichtsteiner only making a substitute’s appearance against Manchester City in the opening weekend as a Gunners player.
There were suggestions Lichtsteiner could announce a shock retirement but the Switzerland international dismissed this idea, claiming he has the “physicality of a 28-year-old”.
“I could have changed to five other clubs in the summer, knowing that I would certainly play 47 out of 50 serious matches,” Lichtsteiner told Swiss publication Sportal.
“It doesn’t irritate me, as in 2011, when I moved to Juventus, I wanted to join a big club. I was looking for a demanding challenge in a new league.
“That’s why I knew from the very beginning at Arsenal that I had to fight for the regular spot against Hector Bellerin. For me, stepping down has never been up for debate.
“If I have to admit that I can not keep the level of the last few years, then it is time.
“But then I will not only resign from the Swiss national team, but finish my career. Based purely on performance data I have the physicality of a 28-year-old.
“It is quite unusual for me to be a substitute. Three games in a row [on the bench], that’s never happened to me.
“If you have achieved a lot in your career, you have high expectations of yourself and want to play. But I also know that I will get the chance to play games.”