Why i joined Arsenal – Sokratis Papastathopoulos reveals

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Arsenal’s new signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos has revealed why he has left Borussia Dortmund to sign for the Gunners (via Arsenal.com).

It’s a transfer which has been expected for some time but finally, Arsenal have confirmed their capture of Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The Greek international has signed for a fee believed to be in the region of €19 million.

“I feel very good. It’s my first day here, everything is special,” Sokratis said after completing the move.

“It’s a beautiful moment and I’m very happy that I will be here for the next years.”

“Arsenal is one of the three biggest teams in the Premier League and one very big club. It has a lot of fans and a very big history. Like I said before, I’m very happy that for the next years I will be here to help the team.”

Sokratis is the third former Borussia Dortmund player to join the club in the last six months and was asked how it felt to be reunited with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

“I spoke [to them] a lot of times. 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.”

Sokratis Papastathopoulos is a solid signing for Arsenal. He will add solidity and experience to a backline which is drastically missing it.


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