Arsenal set to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos for €20m from Borussia Dortmund

Arsenal close in on first signing of post-Arsene Wenger era

German newspaper Bild reveal on Wednesday that Arsenal are closing in on the first signing of the post-Arsene Wenger era.

They may not have a manager yet, but that will not stop Arsenal from signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund for 20 million euros.

The suggestion that Sokratis Papastathopoulos will sign for Arsenal has been doing the rounds for a few weeks now and certainly ticks a lot of the boxes you might expect.

Whilst the Gunners are expected to sign Mikel Arteta as their new manager, for now and when the Spaniard takes charge, it is Sven Mislintat who is in charge of transfers.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – APRIL 12: Kylian Mbappe of AS Monaco is fouled by Sokratis Papastathopoulos (L) and Lukasz Piszczek (R) of Borussia Dortmund in the penalty area during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco at Signal Iduna Park on April 12, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany. The match was rescheduled after an alleged terrorist attack on the Borussia Dortmund team coach as it made it’s way to the stadium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Another ex-Borussia Dortmund man for Arsenal

Since arriving at Arsenal, Sven Mislintat has returned to players from his former club – including Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

At 29-years-old, Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been a mainstay of the Borussia Dortmund side in recent years and comes with plenty of experience.

Arsenal do look short in the centre back positions with Laurent Koscielny out until December and Shkodran Mustafi one of their worst performing players last season.

At 20 million euros, Sokratis Papastathopoulos would be a decent investment for Arsenal and the Greek international could add steel and experience at the back.

Arsenal fans should enjoy the video below. After all, the Gunners had the worst defensive record of any side in the top seven in the Premier League during 2017/2018.

Sokratis The Greek Warrior – Top 5 Tackles – video

Related: Arsenal open negotiations with Man United target Seri.

Di Marzio: Arteta ‘very confident’ of becoming Arsenal manager/ talks ‘advanced’ for Sokratis.

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