Sokratis Papastathopoulos Completes Arsenal Transfer for Reported £17.6M Fee

Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Sokratis was previously been linked with a move to Manchester United, but has instead opted to join Arsenal.

"Greek worldwide Sokratis Papastathopoulos has joined us on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee", a statement on the club site read.

The 30-year-old arrives on a long-term contract from the Bundesliga, wherein he won the 2017 DFB-PokDortmund Dormund, having been signed by Jurgen Klopp from Werder Bremen in 2013.

After the signings of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno, the Gunners have announced their third signing, Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The 29-year-old is an experienced centre-back who shares the same agent as compatriot Konstantinos Mavropanos, another player scouted and signed by Arsenal's new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat at the turn of the year.

"I feel very good, it is my first day here, everything is special, it is a attractive moment".

"I think that a defender first has to defend, to protect the goal, and then after if he can help in front a little bit for the game, then it's good", he added.

The former Paris Saint-Germain manager joined the Premier League club after a two-year spell in the French Ligue 1. It has a lot of fans and a very big history.

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

In terms of his global career, Sokratis has earned 79 caps for the senior team, playing (and scoring) at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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