Done deal, Papastathopoulos completes Arsenal move

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According to French outlet L’Equipe, Arsenal have secured the signing of Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Dominant presence

Sokratis, an experienced 79-time capped Greek international, had been on the books of Dortmund since arriving at the club from fellow Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen in 2013.

Over the course of his 5-year stint at the Westfalenstadion, the no-nonsense stopper managed to establish himself an absolutely crucial figure, with the departure of Mats Hummels from the club in the summer of 2016 having since seen Sokratis step into a leader’s role on the pitch for BVB.

The 29-year-old racked up 43 appearances across all competitions this past season, notching 3 goals in the process, but looked some way short of his best over the last 6 months or so.

On the move

As a result of his recent struggles on the pitch, rumours had long been rife in the media that Sokratis was set for a Signal Iduna Park departure this summer, with Manchester United and Arsenal having been touted as the leading contenders for his signature.

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