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Arsenal signing Sokratis: My ex-BVB pals convinced me about move

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Rita Gibson | 03 July, 2018, 01:58

Arsenal have announced the signing of defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.

Sokratis was previously been linked with a move to Manchester United, but has instead opted to join Arsenal.

The Gunners officially unveiled their third signing of the summer on Monday with the Greece worldwide signing a long-term contract at the Emirates.

The 30-year-old central defender, who has played for AC Milan and Werder Bremen in the past, arrives at the Emirates with a solid reputation and is the third signing of the Unai Emery era.

Emery is attempting to address the defensive problems that saw Arsenal concede 51 Premier League goals last season as they finished sixth - their worst campaign under Arsene Wenger.

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There had been rumours for weeks about the Greek defender making the switch from Borussia Dortmund and now everything is official.

The Greek global had always been linked with a move to Unai Emery's team, who had struggled with defensive problems in recent years under previous manager Arsene Wenger.

'It's a attractive moment and I'm very happy that I will be here for the next years, ' said the defender. "They said to me the best thing about this club is that it's one big family".

He'll bring some much-needed experience to Arsenal's back-line, with the reported fee said to be £17.6m - pretty cheap in this day and age. "Arsenal are one of the three biggest teams in the Premier League", Papastathopoulos told Arsenal's website.

"So my name Sokratis Papastathopoulos, but the people and my teammates, they call me Papa", he revealed.

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