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Arsenal announced their third signing of the summer when they confirmed the arrival of center back Sokratis from Borussia Dortmund.
This gave the Greek defender the opportunity to reunite with his friends from his days as a Dortmund player. Aubameyang being one of them, took to social media to extend his welcome to a returning friend.
This is what he had to say:
— Aubameyang P-E (@Aubameyang7) July 2, 2018
The opportunity to play with his friends again was clearly a motivation in him coming to join the Gunners. Sokratis had the following to say about conversations with his buddies:
“I spoke [to them] a lot times, he said. They said to me the best things about this club, that it is one big family and of course they also called me not every day but a lot of times telling me to come here.
“Yes it’s a little bit [strange] but it’s also very beautiful that I’ve come to one team but I also have two players who I was together with for a lot of years. I know them both very well and I’m very happy.”
Though the announcement took some time, it is good that Arsenal have focused on their defense and brought in someone with real quality. He joins Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno to continue with the restructuring of the squad.
Last season found the Gunners being very weak in the defensive department. As a result of this, the club went on to lose many matches that they should have won. And under the management of Unai Emery, the club has decided that it is important to focus on the defense.
The Greek is expected to provide guidance to some of the younger center backs at the club such as Calum Chambers and Rob Holding. Arsenal fans will be hoping that Sokratis will go on to become a colossus at the back. If he can replicate his Dortmund form, the Gunners will be very happy with what they have.