Sokratis Papastathopoulos Joins Arsenal
Arsenal have secured the services of 30-year-old defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
The Greece international joined the North London club for an undisclosed fee for what the Gunners describe as a “long-term” deal.
Sokratis played for Serie A giants, AC Milan, Genoa and Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen before joining the BVB in 2013 and went ahead to appear 186 times for the 2013 UEFA Champions League finalists.
“I feel very good, everything is special,” Papastathopoulos said.
He told Arsenal’s website: “It is a beautiful moment and I am very happy that for the next years I will be here. Arsenal are one of the three biggest teams in the Premier League.
“I’m a normal defender. I like to defend. I like that my team doesn’t take goals. I like a zero in the defence and I will do everything to help to achieve this goal.”
Sokratis, who has made 79 appearances for the Greek national team, will wear the number five jersey for the Gunners.
The two-time Bundesliga winner becomes manager, Unai Emery’s third signing since taking over from Arsene Wenger in May.
The Gunners have already signed defender Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Italian champions Juventus, while German goalkeeper, Bernd Leno has agreed to join from Bayer Leverkusen.