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Today’s focus: Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Finally Sokratis Papastathopoulos arrives from Borussia Dortmund and has been welcomed into the family as he takes a post with his kit.
Arsenal head of recruitment pointed out Sokratis to the managerial team as a key component to the team if gotten and the Gunner’s chief Unai Emery wasted no time in accepting the Greek international and putting a pen to his signing to Emirate. Between Arsenal and Dortmund a fee was agreed upon last month but the deal could not be fully completed until this month because the Bundesliga Giants wanted to put the deal through in the new financial year.
Several pictures of Sokratis emerged of the 30 year old in London on Sunday has he came in over the weekend to finalize his transfer to the Emirates family. Arsenal had also announced officially Sokratis joining the Gunner’s on a long term deal.
The fee is yet to be shared with the public but the Guardian claims arsenal paid a sum of £17.7 million for the centre-back who also shared his delight in joining the club after his 5 years presence at Westfalonstadion.
He told the clubs website:
I feel very good. It’s my first day here, everything is special. 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.