Greek international Sokratis Papastathopoulos has joined Arsenal on a “long-term contract” for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £17 million.
The 30-year-old is transferring from Borussia Dortmund, with whom he made 186 appearances, winning two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup, during a 5 year period. He has also previously played for Werder Bremen, AC Milan, Genoa and AEK Athens.
Papastathopoulos has 79 international caps for Greece and will wear the number five shirt for the Gunners.
His signing is the third signing under new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, and it looks set to be a busy summer for Arsenal, who are looking to reclaim a top 4 place in the 2018/19 Premier Leagues season. All 3 signings thus far have been defenders, which has been a recurring weakness for Arsenal in recent seasons.
The other signings so far this summer are Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Italian champions Juventus, and Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.