Arsenal announce Sokratis signing

Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Arsenal have signed Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee.

The 30-year-old central defender, who has played for AC Milan and Werder Bremen in the past, arrives at the Emirates with a solid reputation and is the third signing of the Unai Emery era.

Sokratis has been widely expected to secure his move to the Emirates after he was identified by head of recruitment Sven Mislintat as a key signing and new boss Unai Emery gave the go-ahead to pursuing a deal for the Greek global.

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"I feel very good".

Today, Sokratis Papastathopoulos has completed his move to Arsenal...

Sokratis joins former Dortmund team-mates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at his new club. "It's my first day here, everything is special", Sokratis said after his deal was confirmed.

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

The Greece worldwide said that he joined the Gunners due to their stature, history and fan base.

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. After the 22-year tenure of Arsene Wenger had a very anti-climatic ending, Unai Emery was tasked with the job to replace the Frenchman. "I spoke [to them] a lot of times". "They said to me the best thing about this club is that it's one big family".

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