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Arsenal sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund

Arsenal have completed the signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee.

Papastathopoulos, 30, joined for an undisclosed fee for what the Gunners describe as a “long-term” deal.

“I feel very good, everything is special,” Papastathopoulos said.

He told Arsenal’s website: “It is a beautiful moment and I am very happy that for the next years I will be here. Arsenal are one of the three biggest teams in the Premier League.

“I’m a normal defender. I like to defend. I like that my team doesn’t take goals. I like a zero in the defence and I will do everything to help to achieve this goal.”

The former AC Milan defender is Arsenal manager’s Unai Emery’s third major signing of the summer, joining goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen and defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus.

During his spell with Dortmund, he won two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup, and has previously represented Werder Bremen, AC Milan, Genoa and AEK Athens in his native Greece, for whom he has made 79 appearances.   

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