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According to reports, Arsenal chief scout Sven Mislintat has influenced Arsenal to table a bid for Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos this summer.

The  Daily Mail claim Arsenal are close to agreeing a deal for the Greece international as they aim to bolster their defence for their new manager.

Arsene Wenger’s side have been leaky at the back yet again this season and with Per Mertesacker retiring to become the club’s Head of Academy next season and the future of Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny uncertain, Arsenal need reinforcements.

Meanwhile, there are doubts as to whether Calum Chambers and Rob Holding have the aptitude to become regulars in the Gunners defence.

Sokratis has been a regular for Dortmund, who currently sit second in the Bundesliga. The 29-year-old has racked up more than 190 appearances in all competitions since joining the German outfit from Werder Bremen in 2013.

With the defender out of contract next year, Arsenal could potentially snap him up on the cheap.

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