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World Cup 2018: Twitter reactions as Arsenal fans respond to Stephan Lichtsteiner's performance

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The Swiss captain was eventually replaced after an injury

Stephan Lichtsteiner has yet to play in an Arsenal shirt, but the new Arsenal signing has already gained quite a huge number of fans for his performance against Brazil at the World Cup.

The Swiss captain led his side against a strong Brazilian team. After a blatant foul on Neymar, the defender became the first player on the pitch to receive a booking.

Some fans spotted Lichtsteiner jogging back onto his position after helping out his team in attack. Immediately, they took to Twitter and commented on his performance. Throughout the match, there were positives and negatives in his play.

Every single movement from the 34 year old seemed to be monitored by the Gunners. Fans judged his passes, crossing, fouls, and even partnership with Granit Xhaka.

One positive takeaway from the match was that he managed to keep Neymar at bay. The player who was tipped to be the star of the match was hardly able to create any chance for his team-mates. As for the rest of Lichtsteiner's capabilities, there were some Arsenal fans who have started to question if the club should have signed him.

The former Juventus player would have been a free agent in the summer. After spending seven seasons in Turin and winning the title every year, he surely has got a winning mentality.

That was probably what Unai Emery wanted to instill early on in his new team. Even with the lingering doubts over the quality of his performance, the right-back's presence in the team would surely give Hector Bellerin the chance to reflect on his own style of play, and also learn from a more experienced player.

Furthermore, Xhaka had recently extended his contract with the Gunners. The full-back praised his compatriot after the news of Xhaka's contract extension broke.

With a respected Swiss player on the team, Xhaka has the chance to develop further. It certainly seems like the midfielder has a promising future under Emery and getting Lichtsteiner over could help the 25 year old become one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League.

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