Sokratis Papastathopoulos completes €19m Gunners move from Borussia Dortmund

Sokratis Papastathopoulos completes €19m Gunners move from Borussia Dortmund

Premier League giants Arsenal on Monday announced the signing of Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Bundlesliga side Borussia Dortmund for a reported free of €19 million.

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

"Like I said before, I'm very happy that for the next years I will be here to help the team".

The 30-year-old defender is reunited with former Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates Stadium, the duo having won the DFB-Pokal during their time together at BVB.

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

"I feel very good, everything is special", Papastathopoulos told Arsenal Player.

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He was then asked if it would be odd to be playing with the pair at a different club, with all three joining Dortmund at the same time in 2013.

Arsenal will pay a fee believed to be in the region of £17million for a player who was identified by Sven Mislintat.

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

New manager Unai Emery, who replaced the legendary Arsene Wenger in May, has already gone about overhauling the squad, with Sokratis joining Bernd Leno and Stephan Lichtsteiner as incomings.

"I'm a normal defender, I like to defend".

"I like that my team doesn't concede goals and I like the zero in the defence of course".

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