Sokratis Papastathopoulos: 'Joining Arsenal is a lovely moment'

According to Goal.com, Papastathopoulos, who is Unai Emery's third signing of the summer, earned Dortmund around £16.7m in transfer fees, and is expected to challenge Laurent Koscielny for a starting sport in the Arsenal line-up.

"I feel very good, it is my first day here, everything is special, it is a handsome moment".

The Greece worldwide has moved to London on what is described as "a long-term deal" after spending five seasons with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, making 186 appearances.

The Greece worldwide becomes the latest player to join the new era under manager Unai Emery.

Sokratis has been widely expected to secure his move to the Emirates after he was identified by head of recruitment Sven Mislintat as a key signing and new boss Unai Emery gave the go-ahead to pursuing a deal for the Greek global.

The hugely-experienced defender lists Werder Bremen, AC Milan, Genoa and AEK Athens among his previous clubs.

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In January, Mislintat - formerly of Borussia Dortmund - landed two players he worked with at Signal Iduna Park as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both arrived in North London, and they will now reunite with a former teammate.

"Arsenal is one of the three biggest teams in the Premier League and one very big club".

"I feel very good", said Papastathopoulos of his transfer.

"I'm a normal defender, I like to defend".

Further arrivals are expected in the coming weeks, with Sampdoria's Uruguayan worldwide midfielder Lucas Torreira believed to be a major target for Emery.

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