Arsenal have announced the signing of much anticipated Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos on Monday. The Greece vice captain joins the Gunners from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.
Arseal were tipped to land Sokratis for a long time now and only the announcement was suppossed to be delaying due to some business paper work and tax issues of the German club. But Monday the Gunners website has confirmed the arrival of Sokratis for an undisclosed fee, which is believed to be around £17.7 million.
The 30 year old is the third signing of the Gunners this summer and was a prime target of Arsenal’s new head scout Sven Mislintat. Mislintat has mastered his plans around Bundesliga players as the Greek defender becomes the third German league player join the North London club since Mislintat’s arrival. Sokratis will join Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and German goalkeeper Bernd Leno in the list of Arsenal’s summer signings so far.
Known as a tough tackling and rock solid defender, the 30 year old seems to be the perfect fit at the often fragile back line of the Gunners, and will bring much required solidarity in their defense.
Sokratis in action for Dortmund against Arsenal in 2013
The 79 time Greece capped defender was ecstatic to join his new club and said that he is very happy and termed his moment of joining as a ‘beautiful’ one.
Sokratis will have a huge task though ahead of him as Arsenal under the guidance of new boss Unai Emery will be aiming to return in the Champions League next season. And he will have some familiar faces in his new surroundings as well, as the Greek will join his former teammates Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian joined the Gunners from Manchester United but he played in Dortmund before, and Aubameyang was the Gunners’ blockbuster signing in the January trasfer window this year.