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Switzerland's defender Stephan Lichtsteiner takes part in a press conference at the King Power stadium in Leicester, central England on September 10, 2018 on the eve of their friendly international match against England. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner says he will retire from the game if he doesn’t think he can perform at the top level anymore. 

The Switzerland international moved from Juventus to Arsenal this summer although so far in 2018-19 he’s made just one substitute appearance for the Gunners, with Hector Bellerin first choice under new manager Unai Emery.

Speaking about life at his new club, Lichtsteiner said he will be ruthless when considering his future in the game, per Sportal (h/t Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror).

“I was looking for a demanding challenge in a new league,” he said. “That is why I knew I had to fight for a 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.”


This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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