Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has hit back at suggestions that he is considering hanging up his boots for good.

Recent claims had indicated that the 34-year-old has been growing progressively unsettled by his shortage of first-team opportunities at Arsenal, prompting him to reassess his plans for the future.

Unai Emery has two high-quality options to choose from on the right-hand side of the defence, with Lichtsteiner having acted as a deputy to Hector Bellerin in the opening stages of the season.

Lichtsteiner, who remains Switzerland’s national team captain despite his age, joined the Gunners on a free transfer in the summer transfer window after he saw his contract at Juventus come to its expiration.

Michael Regan/Getty Images Sport

Speaking to, Lichtstenier discussed his plans for the future and was set in his desire to continue playing at a high level for the seasons to come.

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.

Lichtsteiner will be hoping to continue showing his quality and experience to allow him a chance to overtake Bellerin in Emery’s current pecking order of right-backs.

It is quite unusual for me to be a substitute. Three games in a row, 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.