Arsenal sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund on long-term deal

Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Papastathopoulos, 30, had spells with AC Milan, Genoa and Werder Bremen before joining Dortmund in 2013, and he has racked up almost 200 appearances for the Bundesliga giants.

The Greece worldwide moves to England for an undisclosed fee and becomes the third summer signing for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery.

The 29-year-old is reunited with former Borussia Dortmund teammates Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang who were eager to see their old teammate follow them to north London.

An experienced Greece worldwide, Sokratis' arrival will likely be welcomed by Arsenal fans as the Gunners enter life after Arsene Wenger.

Papastathopoulos adds further experience to Arsenal's back four and had been identified as a target by head of recruitment Sven Mislintat before Emery took over.

"I feel very good".




'Arsenal is one of the three biggest teams in the Premier League and one very big club.

He has previously turned out for Werder Bremen, Genoa and AC Milan, and this will be his first season in English football.

"I spoke [with them] a lot of times", Papastathopoulos told the Arsenal website.

"I know them both very well and I'm very happy. I like a zero in the defence and I will do everything to help to achieve this goal".

There is likely to be more business at Arsenal before transfer deadline day on August 9.

The midfielder, 22, is on manager Unai Emery's radar and Sampdoria are believed to have agreed to offload the player.

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