Why Sokratis may flop at Arsenal – Max Bielefeld reveals

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ARSENAL fans have been warned there is a problem with new signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The Greek centre-back, 30, joined the Gunners this month for £16million after deciding to quit Borussia Dortmund.

He has been hailed by Sky Germany’s Bundesliga expert Max Bielefeld, who expects him to be a hit in the Premier League.

But Gunners supporters have been warned that their new defender has one major flaw – he’s poor with the ball at his feet.

“Sokratis Paspadapolous is a defender I imagine performing pretty well in the Premier League,” Bielefeld told the Transfer Talk podcast.

“He’s good in the one-on-one situations, he’s a good header of the ball, he’s really aggressive kind of defender.

“But he always has had his limits when it comes to playing the ball out the back, producing some play. You can’t compare him to Jerome Boateng who really likes to play the vertical passes from defence.

“He has some problems with the ball. Without the ball he is a really heavy defender.”

Bielefeld has discussed Papastathopoulos with frontmen who have played against him and has only heard good things.

He added: “German strikers hated to play against him. They told us their whole body hurt after a match against Papastathopoulos.

“I think he will do very well at Arsenal. He’s a solid defender but don’t expect a new world-class defender at Arsenal.”

Papastathopoulos joins Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichsteiner and Matteo Guendouzi in joining Unai Emery at the Emirates.

Emery this week revealed his transfer business is complete – unless one more big player becomes available.

“We signed the players who we need, only if one player is a big opportunity for us to sign we can do it,” Emery said.

“Normally we are thinking about the young player, the possibility to stay with us or go on loan to another team.

“In this moment I think the squad is complete, only the possibility for one player or two players to leave.

“To sign [a player] in the next month? Only if he is a big opportunity.”


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