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STEPHAN LICHSTEINER has rubbished talk of any needle between himself and Arsenal rival Hector Bellerin.

Experienced defender Lichsteiner arrived at the Emirates in the summer as boss Unai Emery looked to add some steel to his faltering defence.

 Stephan Lichsteiner has played down talk of any needle with right-back rival Hector Bellerin
Stephan Lichsteiner has played down talk of any needle with right-back rival Hector Bellerin

That has seen him go into direct competition with Bellerin for a place in the starting line-up on the right of the Arsenal defence.

But the former Juventus star has played down the fact the pair are up against each other for playing time as a reason for any personal problems between themselves.

Lichsteiner said: \"It is not Hector or Stephan, it is Hector and Stephan for Arsenal.

\"We have to work together to improve each other and get better each day and to make Arsenal win as a team.\"

 Lichsteiner is in a direct fight with Bellerin for the right back berth at Arsenal
Lichsteiner is in a direct fight with Bellerin for the right back berth at Arsenal
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 Lichsteiner and the Arsenal squad are in good spirits ahead of their Europa League campaign
Lichsteiner and the Arsenal squad are in good spirits ahead of their Europa League campaign

Lichsteiner, 34, is pushing for a place in the side when Arsenal begin their Europa League quest against FC Vorskla on Thursday.

The unknown Ukrainian's visit the Emirates with the Gunners appearing to be taking Europe's second competition far more seriously than they have done in the past.

Boss Emery has already suggested he will not be making wholesale changes and Lichsteiner agrees the club have to target glory in the Europa League.

He said: \"To come back to the glamour games you need to win first the other games.

\"Now we are in the situation that we are playing UEFA Cup and we will try to win that so hopefully next year we can speak about the Champions League.

\"One thing I learned with Juventus is to have respect for each competition. In the last four or five years with Juventus, we tried to play for all the titles, for all the trophies.

\"While the Italian Cup wasn’t that important beforehand, we started to play for it with the best team possible.

\"I think in football you have to respect all the trophies.

 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the target of the Arsenal squad's jokes during training
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the target of the Arsenal squad's jokes during training

\"Of course the Champions League is a more glamorous title, but the Europa League is a really good chance for the team, for the club and all the players to win this nice trophy.

\"I think for that we have to respect all teams in all competitions to give all games 100 per cent.\"

\"Stephan

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