Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Greece international Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.
The centre-back had one year left on his contract and moves to the Emirates for a fee in the region of £16 million. He will wear the number 5 shirt.
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Sokratis started his career in 2005 with AEK Athens and has since played for Genoa, AC Milan and Werder Bremen. He was signed by Dortmund in 2013 and went on to make over 130 appearances at the Westfalenstadion.
Arsenal’s head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, has been charged with rebuilding Unai Emery’s defence. It’s hoped that Sokratis will help develop young compatriot Konstantinos Mavropanos while also bringing vital experience in the absence of the injured Laurent Koscielny.
Working to a relatively slim budget, the Gunners have already recruited veteran Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free from Juventus and keeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.
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