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Arsenal Confirm Signing Of Sokratis Papastathopoulos From Dortmund

03 July 2018, 11:12 | Pamela Mathis

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Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Arsenal have signed seasoned Greek worldwide defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has become Arsenal's third summer signing, with The Guardian reporting that the fee involved is just shy of £18million, and he has penned a "long-term contract" with the club.

The defender arrives from Borussia Dortmund, where he won two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup, and has previous experience with Werder Bremen, AC Milan, Genoa and AEK Athens.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos has completed his move to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund.

The Greek global has signed for a fee believed to be in the region of €19 million.

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"It's a handsome moment and I'm very happy that I will be here for the next years", the 30-year-old told the club's website.

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

"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 deal was confirmed by the Premier League side on Monday afternoon, with an undisclosed fee (but believed to be in the region of £17.5m) having been agreed between the clubs in June. It has a lot of fans and a very big history.

Influenced by their head of recruitment Sven Mislintat - who spent a period of time in Germany as chief scout for Dortmund - has overseen the arrivals of former-Dortmund players such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Konstantinos Mavropanos.



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