Arsenal have signed Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathathopoulos this evening.
Arsenal have tonight tied up the signing of Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, making him their third summer addition.
The Gunners are embracing a major summer of change having seen manager Arsene Wenger depart, with Unai Emery brought in as his replacement in the Emirates Stadium dugout.
It seems to be talent spotter Sven Mislintat taking the lead on transfers though, as he brought in experienced full back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus before using his knowledge of German football to land Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
In January, Mislintat – formerly of Borussia Dortmund – landed two players he worked with at Signal Iduna Park as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both arrived in North London, and they will now reunite with a former teammate.
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.
Papastathopoulos, 30, had spells with AC Milan, Genoa and Werder Bremen before joining Dortmund in 2013, and he has racked up nearly 200 appearances for the Bundesliga giants.
A solid defender who should be able to organise an often chaotic Arsenal defen
ce, Papastathopoulos may not get pulses racing at the Emirates Stadium, but he has been dependable throughout his time with Dortmund.
Now, pundit and former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has taken to Twitter to praise another ‘good piece of business’, and he is very happy with the swift nature of the Gunners’ transfer business this summer, whilst he also noted how important it is that Papastathopoulos already knows Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang.
Another good piece of business by the club. Getting things done early in the window has been a challenge in the past. You can’t under estimate how much it helps to already have friends at a club👍🏾 #SOKRATIS
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) July 2, 2018